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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WUpan’s commitment to student learning, civic engagement

Initially launched as a social outlet, WUpan has expanded its activities and investment in current students through the WUpan Leadership Development Award and a WUpan-sponsored fellowship with the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement

Members celebrate WUpan’s 10th anniversary in October 2023

WUpan Leadership Development Award recipients


Transcending Gender

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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