Rice Alumni Pride (RAP) is Rice's unified group for all gender and sexually diverse alumni and allies, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex alumni. RAP supports and promotes the interests of Rice University and its alumni with an emphasis on issues specific to the LGBTQIA community. Membership is open to Rice alumni and ally friends.

RAP hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including:

  • Networking programs with other universities and LGBTQIA groups.
  • Houston Pride Parade float.
  • Happy hours and mixers.
  • Professional development programs and panel presentations.
  • Award presentation and social during Rice Homecoming and Reunion.

Volunteer Leadership

Members of RAP leadership typically hold two-year terms starting and ending around the time of the homecoming reception. We also fill empty positions on a rolling basis and welcome anyone interested in joining the leadership team or getting involved to contact us at rap@ricealumni.net throughout the year.

Rice Alumni Pride Leadership
Chair – Kendall Toarmina (Martel '10 and MBA '17)
Homecoming – Victor Brooks (Jones '09)
Pride Parade – Margo Fendrich (Brown '15) and Tamara L. Siler (Brown '87)
Student Engagement – Brandon Mack (Wiess '06)
Student Award – Open Position


LGBT History at Rice

You're invited to view this RAP-sponsored discussion about the growth and development of the LGBT community at Rice, including a historical overview, first-person accounts of campus experiences and a look at recent advances and efforts on campus. The talk featured Annise Parker ’78 and Brian Riedel '05.

RAP Parade

Give Back to RAP

You can make a donation directly to RAP, which helps fund career panels, speakers and receptions, special projects like the Rice Houston Pride Parade float, and other events and programs. To contribute, please visit giving.rice.edu and indicate that your gift should go to “Rice Alumni Pride G84038-057000-52100” in the special instructions field of the giving form.

Additionally, please consider making a donation to the Rice Alumni Pride Student Award, which provides funding to outstanding current students who have made a significant contribution to the LGBT community. To do so, visit giving.rice.edu and indicate that your gift should go to “E21770 RGLAA Endowed Award” in the special instructions field of the giving form.

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