A LGBTQIA+ rainbow flag with text. Text: Grinnell Rainbow Alumni.

Grinnell Rainbow Alumni

DAR is co-creating a LGBTQIA+ alumni affinity group, the Grinnell Rainbow Alumni, with:

  • Marlú Abarca ’14 (They/Elle, She/Ella)
  • Lester Aleman ’07 (he/him/el)
  • Austin Frerick ’12 (he/him)
  • Javon Garcia ’14 (he/him)
  • Carly Jerome ’11 (she/her)
  • Fredo Rivera ’06 (they/them)
  • Kat Rohn ’08 (they/she)
  • Rick Rose ’88 (he/him)
  • Conner Stanfield ’21 (he/him)
  • Chris Wilde ’88 (he/him, they/them)

Become a Grinnell Rainbow Alumni member

If you would like to join the working group, please contact Sarah Smith-Benanti, smithben@grinnell.edu.

What is an affinity group?

Affinity groups create space for Grinnellians of shared identities to connect on meaningful levels beyond the traditional class and regional structure. The Grinnell Rainbow Alumni Affinity Group will increase opportunities for you to get involved and meet other LGBTQIA+ Grinnellians, foster a sense of community, build a medium through which you can network and share information and resources, engage in relevant, targeted fundraising activities, and create a sense of community and shared values.

The Grinnell Rainbow Alumni Affinity Group will create spaces where you can share your stories with each other and students, and add to the collective narrative of the College.

The Grinnell Rainbow Alumni Affinity Group will not only create another avenue for you to engage with each other and the College, but through your participation, you will strengthen the College’s mission by fostering bonds between yourself and the campus.