Margo Gray ’05

Melanie Drake ’92

Margo Gray ’05 knows the importance of positive affirmations. The increased cultural polarization they have witnessed in the world lately motivated them to create a unique way to connect with Grinnell’s LGBTQIA+ students to let them know they are supported well beyond the boundaries of the College’s campus.

In the past, Gray has assembled and sent LGBTQIA+ themed care packages to students as a part of the Everyday Class Notes (ECN) care package project. This year, Gray created Team Rainbow to broaden their efforts. An additional 18 alums joined Gray to contribute.
“I think about what I would have needed as a student,” Gray says. “It’s nice to have your identity affirmed, particularly after the 2016 election when people with marginalized identities were feeling more besieged.”

Gray was especially excited about themed care packages they made, from a “Gay Dungeons and Dragons” theme to Gray’s personal favorite, “Gay and Tired,” that included slippers, Sleepytime Tea, and a sequined unicorn pillow. In every care package, Gray included a letter with their contact information along with stories about their time as a student.

“I want students to know that there is a network of alumni who will support them, and I encourage them to reach out to us,” Gray says.

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