I wanted to share with you an absolutely awesome resource for LGBTQ+ students and allies alike. The Campus Pride Index is a website loaded with plenty of helpful resources for LGBTQ+ students such as information on queer friendly workplaces, statistics and information on colleges, and most specially, a search engine for colleges in each state with rankings of LGBTQ+ inclusiveness of each college.
Going to college should be a wonderful time for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and going to a campus that is mindful of LGBTQ+ student needs and issues is important. The website ranks colleges on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being unfriendly and 5 being very friendly and inclusive to LGBTQ+ students. It further breaks down areas of strength and growth at each school.
For example, I went to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and absolutely loved my experience there, but it does have a ranking of 2 out of 5 stars on the CPI. While UTK does have a very active Pride Center, a pretty active LGBTQ+ population on campus, and many fun social events for LGBTQ+ students and allies, there are certainly areas for growth. The index is not designed to steer students away from schools they have their hearts set on, but rather to help you make an informed decision about a school that will really feel like home for you as well as what you might expect to encounter when attending the school.
And who knows, maybe your involvement on campus will be the reason a school goes up a star on the CPI and becomes a more welcoming place for LGBTQ+ students for years to come!
NiswongerCARE Staff sharing the best resources we can find! Click on the post(s) to see them in their full format!