Campus Pride, a national resource for LGBTQ+ leadership development, diversity inclusion and advocacy in higher education, recently announced that Elon is one of the “best of the best” in supporting LGBTQIA students.
Elon University has been included in Campus Pride’s 2022 “Best of the Best” list for the eighth consecutive year. Campus Pride, a national nonprofit resource for LGBTQ+ leadership development, selected 40 institutions nationwide that best support LGBTIA communities through their policies, programs, and practices.
“For me, this is recognition of the work of many people on campus who have contributed now or in the past to LGBTQIA+ inclusion work at Elon University,” said Luis Garay, Director of Gender and LGBTQIA Center (GLC). “Often when I talk to incoming LGBTQIA students, they cite our high ranking on the Campus Pride Index as a reason for choosing Elon. The Campus Pride Index is a great tool to gain insight into our current situation and we need to balance that with meeting the changing needs of LGBTQIA students. »
Committed to advancing LGBTQIA inclusion for the nearly 200 students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community, the GLC has created and enhanced several on-campus initiatives.
Over the past year, the center has formalized a queer and trans students of color initiative called RISE, expanded the gender and sexuality learning community to 40 rooms, and created a sexual health education initiative inclusive LGBTQIA called SexEU. Educational resources for faculty, staff and students on LGBTQIA topics have also been enhanced.
Campus Pride, a valuable resource for LGBTQ+ leadership development, diversity inclusion, and advocacy in higher education, awarded Elon a five-star rating on its Campus Pride Index benchmarking tool. To achieve a five-star rating, campuses receive a score of 90-100% based on their LGBTQ inclusion policies, programs, and practices.
According to Genny Beemyn, coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse, more institutions are receiving five stars because campuses are doing more to support their LGBTQIA students. “While all colleges can and should do more to be trans-inclusive, many institutions are taking important steps forward.”
Campus Pride launched the Best of the Best list to recognize the outstanding achievements of colleges and universities that are dedicated to creating safer and more welcoming campuses for LGBTQ+ people.
“Students, prospective students and their families, as well as faculty and staff, deserve to know if they will be safe on campus, so they can make the best choices for their own academic success – and by creating inclusive and safe environments, these colleges are taking responsibility for all students,” said Shane Mendez Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride.
The complete methodology and the list of winners are available here.