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PRIDE LogoPRIDE at NWACC is a student club where all sexes, gender identities, gender expressions, sexualities and asexualities are welcome and celebrated. It's a place where the diverse LGBTQIA+ students and their fellow student allies/supporters can find connection, friendship and support.


PRIDE Events

A regular club meeting for NWACC students that encourages connection, self-exploration and education. Usually, it takes place during the lunch hour with lunch provided. Guest speakers are often invited.

PRIDE family dinner is a meal for the students of PRIDE at NWACC hosted by the PRIDE PALS. Our goal is to have a shared meal together that is filled with the sounds of laughter, music, good food and good friends. It's an environment that encourages lighthearted and also difficult conversations and sharing, which pushes us to grow and strengthen our bond. As well as an environment that develops pride where there is a history of shame, empowerment where there is a history of oppression, healing where there has been a history of trauma, and joy where there is a history of sorrow. It's a true family dinner!

Each year, PRIDE recognizes and celebrates the achievements, contributions and experiences of our LGBTQ+ and ally students at the Lavender Graduation. To register for graduation or nominate an outstanding individual, complete this form. To volunteer and help PRIDE make the event a success, email pride@nwacc.edu. 

Events throughout the year that highlight PRIDE history, celebrations, social causes, etc. PRIDE PALS and PRIDE at NWACC collaborations.


Helpful Resources

NWACC students are welcome to use the restroom of their choosing. For those who would prefer a single stall locking door, below are maps that will show you their location. 

While legal first names must remain on permanent records, NWACC recognizes that students may wish to use a name other than their legal first name. This request will change your first name in the following locations:

  • NWACC email display name (email address will remain the same)
  • Canvas
  • Class rosters

Preferred Chosen Name Form

Feel free to contact pride@nwacc.edu for information on how to navigate the legal name change process.

Using someone’s correct personal pronouns is a way to show respect and create an inclusive environment, just as using a person’s name can be a sign of respect as well. Learn more about the importance of using personal pronouns at www.mypronouns.org. Add your pronouns to Canvas.

If you are on campus and in distress, seek immediate assistance by contacting NWACC Public Safety at 479-619-4229.  Off-campus, dial 911. If you are in crisis or in need of immediate support, the following helplines are available 24/7:

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Available to people of all ages and identities
  • Trevor Project Lifeline
    Available to LGBT youth
  • Trans Lifeline
    Available to trans or gender-nonconforming persons

We all need a little help sometimes! NWACC's counselors offer a safe space and can provide assistance with emotional support and things like time management. Learn more about the college's free counseling services.


Get In Touch

  • Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to learn about events, meetings and dinners. 
  • Email us at pride@nwacc.edu to learn more about our student club and events.
  • Set up an appointment with advisor Kimberly Bertschy at 479-619-4248
  • Fill out our form to become a member.