UW-Milwaukee, Green Bay make list of top LGBTQ-friendly schools

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion -

Cam­pus Pride re­cently an­nounced the 25 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties lead­ing the way for LGBTQ in­clu­sion in poli­cies, pro­grams and prac­tices.

The list in­cludes Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin–Green Bay and Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin–Milwaukee.

Cam­pus Pride pro­vides re­source for stu­dents and fam­i­lies to find the best cam­puses for LGBTQ in­clu­sion and safety. The or­ga­ni­za­tion works along­side stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff at more than 1,400 cam­puses to sup­port and im­prove the qual­ity of cam­pus life for LGBTQ peo­ple.

CP chose the 25 cam­puses this year based on over­all rat­ings on its Cam­pus Pride In­dex and spe­cific LGBTQ-in­clu­sive bench­mark mea­sures.

“It is both ex­cit­ing and promis­ing to see the di­ver­sity and growth of the num­ber of cam­puses par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Cam­pus Pride In­dex. Par­tic­u­larly, we see in­sti­tu­tions thought­fully con­sid­er­ing the in­clu­sion of queer spec­trum and trans spec­trum poli­cies and pro­grams,” said Sue Rankin, with Cam­pus Pride’s Q Re­search In­sti­tute for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. “In the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, where ex­ec­u­tive or­ders by the pres­i­dent of the United States are re­scind­ing decades of pro­gres­sive work, this work on college cam­puses is more im­por­tant than ever.”

In or­der to be in the top 25, an in­sti­tu­tion had to score the high­est per­cent­ages in bench­marks for poli­cies, pro­grams and prac­tices.

The list­ing in­cludes col­leges from 16 states.

The cam­puses rep­re­sent a range of aca­demic stud­ies with stu­dent pop­u­la­tions from 807 to more than 45,000, pub­lic and pri­vate schools alike.

— WiG re­ports

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