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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland has again been recognized for its diversity and inclusion by being named to Campus Pride's 2014 Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities list. Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities.
The listing highlights the positive efforts to improve safety and academic life for LGBT students, as well as the top institutions leading the way.
“We are very proud of the recognition Campus Pride continues to give us,” said Luke Jensen, director of UMD’s campus LGBT Equity Center. “It acknowledges the efforts of many different units and people on campus who are dedicated to providing a supportive and empowering education to our LGBTQ students.”
This is the first year Campus Pride has released a list of the fifty ‘Best of the Best.’ In years past, Campus Pride has only featured a ‘Top 25 List.’ The listing is based on the final responses to the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmarking tool which self-assesses LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices.
UMD is the only Maryland/Washington, D.C.-area university to make the list this year. To qualify for the list, institutions must earn 5 stars overall in the Campus Pride Index and have the highest percentages across the eight LGBT-friendly benchmarks for policy, program and practice.
“More than ever colleges today want to be viewed as LGBT-friendly and a welcoming place for all students. LGBT students and their safety impacts the recruitment efforts of the entire campus,” said
Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride and the creator of the Campus
Pride Index. “Upper-level administrators are now understanding how LGBT-friendliness is key to future institutional success. This Top 50 list is proof.”
UMD created the LGBT Equity Center to help establish and maintain a fully equitable community that empowers innovators and agents of social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The LGBT Equity Center serves University of Maryland students, staff, faculty, and alumni of all gender identities and sexual orientations.