For general inquires about NCOW please contact:

Nu’Rodney Prad
Director of Student Engagement (IDEAL) 

Alison McKee
Director of Wellness Resource Center

 To volunteer for NCOW 2018 please fill out a volunteer form:

NCOW 2018 Volunteer Form




The core objective of National Coming Out Week is to provide opportunities and environments through planned programs that will allow educational dialogue and critical thinking to occur. The intent of these programs is to target awareness of current societal norms and how they impact the LGBTQ community. NCOW further provides visibility and ally development for members of the Temple community that welcomes a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community. Lastly, NCOW serves as an outlet of providing notable resources to students, staff, and faculty members. The ultimate goal of this committee is to continuously enhance the LGBTQ campus climate by providing a positive experience.


Striving to achieve the greater interest of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex  and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community here at Temple University, the National Coming Out Week planning committee serves as an advocate group through planning social and educational programs. The NCOW committee works to accomplish goals of Temple’s diverse student, staff, and faculty population while creating a more integrated atmosphere for discussions pertaining to the LGBTQI community.



History of NCOW at Temple University

National Coming Out Week (NCOW) originated on the Temple University campus in fall of 2008. This event was conceptualized by two University Housing & Residential Life colleagues, Andrew Dies and Nu’Rodney Prad. Rather than celebrating on the annual National Coming Out Day, events and activities were created to during the week prior to prompt the campus community about the intent of October 11th. A collaborative committee was formed between student organizations and multiple departments to ensure the vision of promoting awareness, inclusivity, and an allied base network is consistently accomplished.

Original partners making up the NCOW committee consisted of University Housing & Residential Life, the Office of Student Activities, the Health Education Awareness Resource Team, the Queer Student Union, and the Residence Hall Association. Partner base has expanded over the past three years to include: the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, Campus Recreation, the Office of Leadership Development, and Student Center Operations. Programs that are generally hosted through this committee include: movie dialoging, panel discussions (race, sexuality, religion), come out-speak out monologues, and the NCOW Fest that is held at the bell tower on October 11th.