Aluminate Update Spring 2020

June 16, 2020
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Lavender Graduation at UNC Chapel Hill

Contribute to a more inclusive UNC

Celebrate Pride Month by supporting the UNC LGBTQ Center today. Though we have been working remotely during the past few months, we have still been providing vital educational and direct support programs to the Carolina community. Your participation today will enable us to continue conducting educational presentations and offering direct support to students, faculty, and staff at Carolina.

In the Fall of 2019, we operated entirely on donor contributions. During that time, we educated 1,554 people through our Safe Zone and LGBTQ 101 trainings and provided community connections for 1,083 people.

Join us as a partner in this work!


Dr. Terri L. Phoenix, Director

Dr. Terri L. Phoenix


2019-2020 at the LGBTQ Center

Pride Week at Carolina 2020 Logo

Pride Week 2020

In its second year, Pride Week at Carolina boasted over 25 events and even more collaborating student organizations and campus units. Though canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year's celebration represented an ever broadening campus commitment to centering, funding, and showing up for LGBTIQA+ campus members and initiatives.

"Button Making with Pride" poster for Pride Week event hosted by Pride Place and BEAM Makerspace
"Queer Prom" poster for Pride Week's flagship event, hosted by UNC SAGA, UNC QTPOC, and the LGBTQ Center
"Formal and Informal Opportunities" poster for professional development talk featuring Dr. Alan Kendrick, hosted by STEM Pride of the Triangle
"Poetry, Prose, and Pride" poster for Pride Week open mic event hosted by Honors Carolina Pride and the UNC Creative Writing Program

2020 Advocacy Award Recipients

These awards recognize contributions to or advocacy on behalf of LGBTIQA+ communities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We are pleased to announce the following recipients:

Faculty, Staff, and Postdoc Award

Dr. Brad Figler, MD

Grad and Professional Student Award

Margo Faulk and Noa Nessim

Undergraduate Student Award

Graeme Strickland


Lavender Graduation 2020

Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs brought messages of love, care, freedom, and bravery from the lives of Black LGBTQ ancestors.

Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a self-identified Queer Black Trouble-Maker and Black Feminist Love Evangelist who walks in the legacy of Black lady school teachers in post-slavery communities who offered sacred educational space to the intergenerational newly free. As the first person to do archival research in the papers of Audre Lorde, June Jordan, and Lucille Clifton while achieving her Ph.D. in English, Africana Studies, and Women’s Studies at Duke University, she honors the lives and creative works of Black feminist geniuses as sacred texts for all people. Her work functions as oracle, balm, and sacred space for those who are traditionally excluded from narrative and institutions of knowledge.

Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Congratulations to 2020 Lavender Graduates!

Calissa Andersen, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Public Policy

Kayla Flynn, Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics with a Minor in Hispanic Studies

Sloan Godbey, Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science with a Minor in Sexuality Studies

Sophia Hutchens, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Anthropology

Morgan Korzik, Bachelor of Science in Biology with Minors in Chemistry and Medical Anthropology

Allison Ruvidich, Bachelor of Arts in Classics and English

Graeme Strickland, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Peace, War, and Defense

Neal Whitefur, Bachelor of Science in Information Science, Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies 

Irene Zellonis, Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Exercise and Sports Science

Erin Case, Master of Public Health

Margo Faulk, Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health

Christiana Lancaster, Master of Public Health

Sam Rasnic, Master of Public Health


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