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 April 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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Alum Lars Etzkorn (right), founder of WUpan talks with Anthony Haun. AB ’16 image

WUpan reunites during WashU Reunion

In celebration of Pride Month and WashU Reunion, members of the Washington University Pride Alumni Network (WUpan) enjoyed a happy hour on June 11. 

Upcoming Network Events

WUpan Leadership Development Award recipients

Undergraduate student recipients

Melissa Gibson
Arts & Sciences Class of 2024

Braxton Sizemore
Arts & Sciences Class of 2024

Graduate student recipients

Iulia Tothezan
Brown School Class of 2023

Undergraduate student recipients

Luka Cai, AB ’20
Brown School Class of 2022

Graduate student recipients

Riott Kochman, MSW ’20

Undergraduate student recipients

Kris Wilson, AB ’20
Brown School Class of 2021

Graduate student recipients

Anya Fisher, MSW ’19

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