National Coming Out Week (NCOW)
National Coming Out Week kicked off at Temple University in the fall of 2006. This event was conceptualized by two University Housing & Residential Life colleagues, Andrew Dies and Nu’Rodney Prad. Rather than celebrating on the annual National Coming Out Day on October 11th, events and activities were created to during the week prior to bring awareness to Nation Coming Day itself. Original partners making up the NCOW committee consisted ofUniversity Housing & Residential Life, the Office of Student Activities, theHealthEducation AwarenessResourceTeam, the Queer Student Union, and the Residence Hall Association.Partner base has expanded over the past three years to include:the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, Campus Recreation, the Office of Leadership Development, and Student Center Operations.Programs that are generally hosted through this committee include: movie dialoging, panel discussions (race, sexuality, religion), come out-speak out monologues, and the NCOW Fest that is held at the bell tower on October 11th.
Lavender graduation is an annual event recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of graduating seniors of the LGBTQA community at Temple.