Pride at Lindner (PaL) is the driving force behind an inclusive and empowering environment for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and community allies at the Lindner College of Business and across UC. As a new student organization, PaL is starting nearly from zero with fundraising dollars but has two ambitious goals for this academic year - 1) raise money to establish an endowed PaL scholarship fund and 2) implement robust programming to fulfill the organizational mission. Your support can help PaL achieve both.
In addition to community-building events, the PaL student team has planned a full year of programming, including LGBTQ panels and speakers, professional and career development opportunities, and a domestic program to Chicago. To execute all of these programs, PaL needs additional funding for programming.
Your unrestricted gift to PaL directly contributes to the continued representation and visibility of LGBTQ+ inclusion at UC. PaL programming helps queer, questioning, and ally folks build community, develop inclusive leadership principles, and fosters a safe and welcoming campus environment where all are seen and heard.
According to a 2019 survey from Student Loan Hero, 60% of LGBTQ individuals reported a lack of family support. In addition to not feeling accepted, 28% of respondents have been forced to leave their homes because of their sexuality. This financial chokehold is particularly devastating to LGBTQ college students, who can find themselves cut off both emotionally and financially. Per Student Loan Hero, on average, LGBTQ borrowers graduate with $16,000 more than their cis/het peers. Studies also show that LGBTQ students face additional obstacles in getting loans during their studies on campus and entering the job market after graduation. The PaL Scholarship Fund seeks to aid these vulnerable students in need.
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