Campus Coalition

Iowa Queer Campus Coalition

The mission of the Queer Campus Coalition is to support LGBTQ students pursuing post-secondary education in Iowa. QCC is the only program of it’s kind in the state, and was started in 2017 after Iowa Safe Schools identified a gap in services for LGBTQ students, their student-run organizations, and post-secondary institutions.

Please contact us to make suggestions, express concerns, offer resources, or meet with us to talk about how our work can be more collaborative with your group!


The IAQCC is a program led by students in collaboration with Iowa Safe Schools staff Ric Tennenbaum and Becky Smith.

IAQCC is continuously building a dynamic program to empower students to make change in all aspects of the queer college experience. The IAQCC has a primary commitment to following the guidance and demands of students, and is centered on the belief that students are the experts of their own experience and know best what they need to thrive.

Getting Involved

The Iowa Queer Campus Coalition’s mission is to support LGBTQ students in higher education throughout Iowa. By communicating, growing, and advocating together, we can make institutional changes that leads to better and safer worlds for all students.

IAQCC works to provides resources and support that LGBTQ students identify as needing to be successful in creating change.

We invite students and educators to download and share whatever they find useful. This toolbox page is a living resource and is frequently reviewed for content.

The first section–IAQCC Toolkit Resources–is developed by the Iowa Queer Campus Coalition to meet the specific identified needs of our communities and groups. All downloads in the section are mostly available in PDF and Word (.docx) formats.

The following sections are links and downloadable content made by other organizations and individuals we trust.

Resources to help structure a group, and other useful tools.

Writing a Mission Statement

Sample Group Constitution

9 Things to Know About Title IX

Addressing Group Member Trauma

Discrimination Protections for LGBTQ College Students

Documenting Bias Incidents

Safe Space and Conflict

Setting Group Boundaries

Activities for Your Group

Meeting Discussion Topics

Intergroup Collaboration

Letter Writing

Keeping an Archive

Movie Night

Rainbow Pride Flag Colors


Pride Flags Matching Acivity

Fundraising Ideas

DIY Drive-In Theater

Everybody Likes Stickers!

How to Make Fundraising Ribbon!

Tie Dye

Rainbow Cupcakes_IAQCC

Other Resources

Supporting a Friend in Crisis

Self Care and Coping

Addressing Group Member Trauma

The Campus Coalition Board is led by LGBTQ college students in Iowa who are driven to coordinate statewide projects advocating for better resources, learning environments, and campuses.

  • The Board will meet once every month throughout the school year, October through April, and attendance is required.
  • The first meeting will be October 27th in Des Moines.
  • Applications are due by October 1st.  Apply here!
  • Applicants must be students under the age of 24 years old currently enrolled at a postsecondary education institution in Iowa.

Application Form

Please get in touch with the Iowa Queer Campus Coalition coordinator, Ric Tennenbaum, with any questions! Her email is, or you can call/text at 515-689-9916.

Our theme this year is COALITION! Who do we consider our allies, friends, and advocates? Who is leading the coalition, and whose voices are centered? Who are we?

We will be thinking, collaborating, and working on these questions as we plan ways for us to organize, both locally and broadly.

Interested?! Click here for more information!