Lavender Congratulatory

Lavender Congratulatory is an annual ceremony to recognize and honor our LGBTQ+ graduates! Join us on Friday, May 13, 2022 from 1p-3p in the Illini Union Ballroom featuring Keynote Speaker and UIUC Alum Dr. Bernie Ranchero. Registration is now open! Visit this link to register: 



Dr. Ranchero is currently the County Public Health Medical Director, focusing on COVID-19 strategies, preventative medicine in vulnerable populations, poverty, and hunger. He earned both his undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Illinois. He received his medical degree at Xavier University School of Medicine, and an MBA from Benedictine University. Dr. Ranchero has served on several national advisory boards, consults, educates, and advocates for patients regarding smoking cessation, allergy-immunotherapy, reproductive health, irritable bowel disease, diabetes, LGBTQ healthcare, and obesity. 

Dr. Ranchero is passionate about identifying, analyzing, and providing pragmatic solutions to allow greater access to healthcare for all, especially the underserved, disenfranchised, and historically marginalized. He actively promotes equality in healthcare through bridging the gap of social, religious, fiscal, and political divides.