Annual banquet celebrated LGBTQIA graduates and Pride Award recipients


This month, the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s 12th annual Lavender Graduate Banquet and Pride Awards Celebration honored students, faculty and staff who work to make the campus a more inclusive space for all students. Three of the honorees are affiliated with the School of Education:


Charles Burt, pre-education Middle School, earned a LGBTQIA Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship supports LGBTQIA students who actively contribute to the betterment of LGBTQIA students on campus through university or community leadership focused on equity.


Michelle Farrell, doctoral student in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology in the UMKC School of Education, received the Jim Wanser Award. Farrell is one of the founders of Trans+, the first UMKC student organization dedicated to supporting the trans and gender-nonconforming community on campus. This award was named in honor of Jim Wasner and the legacy he made at UMKC. The award recognizes an individual who has volunteered hours of service to the UMKC LGBTQIA community or the greater Kansas City LGBTQIA community.


Julie Kohlhart, Ph.D., director of the Community Counseling and Assessment Services Clinic for the UMKC School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology Masters and Doctoral counseling programs captured a UMKC Pride Award—given to recognize members of the UMKC community who have contributed to the betterment of the LGBTQIA community through education, support, programming or activism.