University of Vermont

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UVM Earns Five Stars for LGBT-Friendly Climate

Release Date: 08-20-2010

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The University of Vermont has earned five stars -- the highest possible rating -- from Campus Pride for its efforts in support of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-friendly climate.

The Campus Pride LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index lists more than 230 publicly available campus climate reports online at www.campusclimateindex.org. The nationally praised index takes an in-depth look at LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices. Colleges are ranked from one to five stars, depending on their answers to a detailed, voluntary questionnaire submitted to Campus Pride, a national non-profit working to create safer, more LGBT-inclusive colleges and build future LGBT and ally leaders. In development since 2001, the index has become a staple in student and faculty research, campus organizing efforts and benchmarking for LGBT student safety and inclusion on campus.

Each summer, university officials are encouraged to fill out new questionnaires and update their index profiles. This year, the Campus Climate Index is proud to announce five-star rankings for 19 colleges and universities -- the most ever achieving the index’s highest ranking since the its inception in 2007-08.

The 19 five-star-ranked campuses include: Carleton College; Humboldt State University; Ithaca College; Oberlin College; Oregon State University; Princeton University; San Diego State University; Syracuse University; The Ohio State University; The Pennsylvania State University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Riverside; University of Maine, Farmington; University of Oregon; University of Pennsylvania; University of Southern California; University of Vermont; and Washington University in St. Louis


"The rising number of campuses across the nation willing to stand up and speak out for their LGBT students is a testament to the growing recognition that educational environments should be safe and inclusive of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity," said Shane Windmeyer, Campus Pride executive director and creator of the Campus Climate Index. "Although not all schools earn a five-star ranking, their voluntary presence and participation in the Index shows they are committed to 'coming out' for their students and creating truly equal and impactful communities of higher learning."