From broad participation to receiving honors, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln was well-represented in Lincoln’s two-day Pride festival June 17-18.
With thousands of rainbow-clad celebrants lining the streets around the Nebraska State Capitol, Pat Tetreault served as grand marshal for the second annual Star City Pride parade June 18.
The selection took on deeper meaning as the university’s LGBTQA+ Resource Center received a Stellar Legacy Organization award during the Star City Pride Pre-Pride event June 16. Tetreault serves as director of the university’s LGBTQA+ Resource Center and the Women’s Center.
“I am humbled by the support and appreciation being extended to myself and the LGBTQA+ Center for our contributions over the years,” Tetreault said. “Our work has helped create meaningful change with the contributions and support of all those who helped establish the center and have supported or contributed to our mission. It has been my pleasure and privilege to contribute to our community and the university.”
2022 Star City Pride parade
The university’s LGBTQA+ Resource Center was founded in 2007. It serves as the hub for the LGBTQA+ community, offering a hangout space, resources and opportunities to connect or get involved. It is also home to the Lavender Closet, which offers free and discreet access to identity-affirming clothing and accessories.
The pre-Pride celebration also honored Corrie Svehla with a Stellar Legacy award for community involvement and leadership. Svehla serves as client services coordinator with IT Services, supporting the Office of the Chancellor and other university leaders.
Svehla is an active leader for the LGBTQA+ community, on and off campus. In recent years, Svehla helped lead the formation and launch of the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Gender and Sexual Identities. And, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the LGBTQA+ Community in 2021.
“It was a great surprise to get this award from Star City Pride,” Svehla said. “It’s very humbling to be recognized individually.”