In 2013, Lars Etzkorn, AB ’87, founded the Washington University Pride Alumni Network (WUpan) to support and cultivate community amongst LGBTQIA+ students and alumni. Today, WUpan honors Etzkorn’s original vision with its mission to foster fellowship and promote well being across the WashU LGBTQIA+ community, from current students and alumni to faculty and staff. 

WUpan hosts an annual reception for alumni at WashU Reunion in May and celebrates Pride Month each June at St. Louis PrideFest’s Pride Parade. Each year, the group also honors one undergraduate and one graduate student with the WUpan Leadership Development Award. Recipients of the scholarship award are either members or allies to the LGBTQIA+ community who successfully demonstrate a commitment to leadership through co-curricular engagement.

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WUpan Leadership Development Award recipients

2019
Undergraduate student recipients

Luka Cai, AB ’20
Brown School Class of 2022

Graduate student recipients

Riott Kochman, MSW ’20

2018
Undergraduate student recipients

Kris Wilson, AB ’20
Brown School Class of 2021

Graduate student recipients

Anya Fisher, MSW ’19

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