October 13, 2020 ( Charlotte, NC ) - Campus Pride commemorates LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day by releasing its 2020 BEST OF THE BEST LGBTQ-Friendly listing of colleges and universities. The announcement features forty campuses from six regions of the country who are deeply committed to LGBTQ students and who rate the highest for LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program and practice. The full listing may be found online: www.CampusPride.org/2020BESTOFTHEBEST
"On behalf of Campus Pride, I want to commend all the campuses featured among the 2020 'BEST OF THE BEST' LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities for their exemplary commitment and work to make their campuses safer and more welcoming," said Tom Elliott, Campus Pride Board Chair. "In times like these, we need to commit to creating safe and welcoming spaces for all students."
For nearly two decades, Campus Pride has advocated and supported college and university campuses to improve LGBTQ campus life and change institutional policies, programs and practices. The Campus Pride Index ( CPI ), located at www.CampusPrideIndex.org, provides an invaluable benchmarking tool to assess LGBTQ-inclusion efforts from academics, to student life, to housing, to recruitment and retention activities. There are nearly 400 colleges who have "come out" on the index and hundreds of thousands who utilize the public search to find LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities annually.
"Today college campuses must 'come out' and be visible as LGBTQ-friendly. Students expect inclusive, equitable learning environments at colleges in all regions of the country. And as a basic standard, they demand campuses have LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs and services," said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director, Campus Pride. "These forty campuses, across six diverse regions, are leading the charge."
This year Campus Pride chose to put a spotlight on the regional diversity of the list by highlighting colleges and universities by region. Campus Pride works with over 1400 colleges and universities annually to improve the quality of campus life for LGBTQ people and to create safer, more inclusive campus communities. Sixty percent of their work is dedicated to working with colleges in the South, Midwest and campuses within more rural communities.
The 2020 BEST OF THE BEST College & University listing is based on the data provided annually through the CPI related to policies, programs and practice. The research is analyzed by the Campus Pride research team using the proven CPI LGBTQ-Friendly factors and knowledge of the LGBTQ higher education landscape.
"Every student deserves to go to a college that is inclusive and a safe space - to learn, live and grow," said Windmeyer. "This October is LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day was October 11. Let us commit ourselves to LGBTQ inclusion, coming out and supporting LGBTQ youth in living full, authentic lives."
View Campus Pride's 2020 BEST OF THE BEST Colleges & Universities at: www.CampusPride.org/2020BESTOFTHEBEST ( Starting Tues, October 13, 2020 )
View nearly 400 LGBTQ-Friendly colleges and universities who have come out on the Campus Pride Index at: www.CampusPrideIndex.org .
2020 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities
( listed by region, not in particular order ):
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick
University of Maryland, College Park
Montclair State University
The Pennsylvania State University
University of Pennsylvania
Kansas State University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Indiana University, Bloomington
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
The Ohio State University
Kent State University
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Vermont
Northern Kentucky University
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
University of Texas at Dallas
Texas Tech University
University of Washington
University of Oregon
Portland State University
University of Colorado at Boulder
Southern Oregon University
San Diego State University
Washington State University
Harvey Mudd College
About Campus Pride
Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students, as well as campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1,400 campuses annually. Learn more at CampusPride.org .