LGBTQ Alumni

Stay Connected

The Pride Center values the time and talents of LGBTQ+ alumni and we are actively seeking ways to connect students with you! Get connected through our networking, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities.

Receive quarterly updates from the Coordinator on Pride Center happenings and ways to get involved! Complete the sign up form to receive the Alumni Connection Newsletter.

The Pride Center works to provide students with mentors through our Lavender Mentor program. If you would like to serve as a mentor to students, please complete our registration form.

Our Lavender Lunch series creates small-group networking opportunities for students interested in developing their leadership skills. Our alumni speakers share their wisdom experience and a casual and conversational setting. Lunch is provided and the sessions are capped at 10 students. If you would like to serve as a guest speaker, please complete our interest form.

Our History

Alliance, Murray State's LGBTQ+ student group was founded in 1995 by Tavares K. Jones and fellow students. Renee Rowlands may have been the first advisor and Lissa Graham Schneider, Theater, was one of the early advisors as well.

Twenty years later, the LGBT Programming Office was founded in 2015. The inaugural coordinator was Jody Cofer Randall, who had been increasing her responsibilities in this area for the previous two years.  Initially, the Office was located in Wells Hall, but was moved to 243 Blackburn in 2016. After Jody accepted a position at another university, Michelle Barber, '03, stepped in as the interim LGBT coordinator from January - June 2017. MC Lampe served as the LGBT Coordinator from September 2017 - May 2020.

We've started a timeline of events. If you remember any milestones, or have any corrections, please contact us at 270.809.5040 or via email at

Murray State LGBTQ+ Timeline

  • 1995 - Alliance, Murray State's LGBTQ student group, established
  • 2003 - Come Together Kentucky (CTK), the statewide LGBTQ+ student conference, held at Murray State
  • 2008 - Murray State adds sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy
  • 2012 - First half-time LGBT coordinator position filled at Murray State
  • 2012 - Eracers, Murray State's transgender and gender nonconforming student group, established
  • 2015 - Office of LGBT Programming established
  • 2015 - Come Together Kentucky (CTK), the statewide LGBTQ+ student conference, held at Murray State
  • 2015 - Kristie Helms and Kathryn Carter Nettles Fund for Excellence and Acceptance and Awareness established
  • 2015 - The Kentucky Association of LGBTQ Higher Education started by Murray State, NKU, U of L and UK
  • 2016 - LGBTQA Ambassadors, Murray State's LGBTQ+ leadership group, established
  • 2017 - Inaugural Gaypril, a month-long celebration of LGBTQ+ culture, planned
  • 2018 - Gender identity added to Murray State's nondiscrimination statement
  • 2021 - Rebrand to the Pride Center

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