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LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives

We see you. We support you. We welcome you. 

We envision an identity-affirming and inclusive environment for all students on the gender and sexuality spectrum to feel welcome, seen, and supported.

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We Acknowledge our Native Land

The LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives office openly acknowledges the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of this land: Cherokee, Osage, Myaamia, Shawnee, Kaskaskia, Hopewell Culture, and Adena Culture. We accept the call by the Native Land Digital and the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture for all individuals and organizations to acknowledge the traditional Native inhabitants of the land. In alignment with LGBTQA+ SI's principles to see, support, and welcome all, we ask for the entire NKU community to join us in our month-long campaign. Our acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing of Indigenous history, embrace counter- narratives of colonialism with this educational initiative.

Download the image and directions below, then post to Instagram with #NKUHonorsNativeLand

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Amplify NKYou Grant

Up to $500 grants available for NKU student organizations/groups 

  • Attend one of the Information Sessions prior to submitting your application! September 18 @ 12pm or October 5 @ 3pm in SU 108. Food will be provided.
  • Host a Spring 2024 program addressing a mental health concern or well-being topic specific to college students.

Rolling Applications are accepted until November 10, 2023.

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Promotes an equitable and safe academic environment at NKU. Facilitates and guides educational, administrative, and personnel policies that effect the welfare of the NKU community, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

SAFE members volunteer to serve as mentors to our LGBTQA+ student and have developed a list of queer and allied members on campus who would like to serve as a safe person/safe space for students. 

Membership in SAFE is open to any staff, faculty, or administrator at NKU, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

For more questions, email SAFE President, Caitlin Drouillard-Ahlrichs, she/they, at

Engagement Interest Form

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Rainbow Update Archive

The Rainbow Update has been discontinued. Please check Instagram for updates.

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LGBTQ History Month

LGBTQ History Month

LGBTQ History Month is held each year in October and focuses on the history of LGBTQA+ people and their experiences in the United States.

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LGBTQ Pride Week Parade

LGBTQ Pride+ Month

LGBTQ Pride+ Month is a time to celebrate all LGBTQA+ students, staff, faculty, and alumni, recognizing their unique and indelible contributions to the NKU community.

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Student Organizations

NKU is home to many student led, student supported LGBTQA+ organizations. Find meeting times and upcoming events on the Student Organizations page.

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QPLUS Scholars

QPLUS Scholars

QPLUS is designed for mentoring queer students, developing your voice, leadership, & communication skills, and fostering intercultural understanding, community building opportunities, & an inclusive environment.

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LGBTQA+ Student Initiatives vales and supports our LGBTQA+ faculty and staff at NKU. Everyone is welcome to join SAFE.

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An exceptional university for LGBTQA+ Students

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NKU has earned 5/5 stars on the Campus Pride Index

NKU is proud to be included on Campus Pride’s list of Best of the Best Colleges and Universities for LGBTQ+ Students in 2023, one of 30 four- year campuses to achieve the top scores on the Campus Pride Index, the definitive national benchmarking tool measuring LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs, and practices. To earn a ranking of 5 out of 5 stars, campuses receive a percentage score from 90 to 100 based on their LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs, and practices.

We’re always striving to create a safe, welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff alike, including our LGBTQ+ community members.

Let’s keep pushing to set a positive example for inclusion and equity on campus! 

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LGBTQ Pride March