Peace and Possibility Speaker Series

The Peace and Possibility Speaker Series aims to bring high profile LGBTQ+ leaders and advocates to campus to provide cultural opportunities, enhance the "welcomeness" and inclusion of campus, and to cultivate our ally community. Along with sharing the stories of prominent LGBTQ+ leaders, we also like to highlight the experiences and talents of our LGBTQ+ students. 

Every year as part of the Peace and Possibility Speaker Series, we host an essay writing competition. The winners of the competition receive a scholarship reward. We have had some wonderful and inspiring essays shared with us. They are listed below the keynote speeches of our tremendous guests. 

This program is possible due to the generous support of the Jane and Tami Marquardt Peace and Possibility Project.


Keynote Addresses

Kate Kendell, 2017

Bruce Bastian, 2018

Wade Davis, 2019

Student Essay Competition

Using your talents, skills, and experience as an LGBTQ+ person or ally to achieve success and make a difference.

2017 Essay, Award Recipients
Essay 1
Essay 2
Essay 3
Essay 4

2018 Essay, Award Recipients
Essay 1
Essay 2

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