SAN DIEGO -- Creating an environment where all students feel safe, included and inspired to learn is an important part of the San Diego State University (SDSU) experience. That effort has again been recognized by Campus Pride on its LGBT Friendly Campus Climate Index, where SDSU is ranked this year as one of 32 “Five Star” campuses in the nation.
The Campus Climate Index takes into consideration LGBT inclusion policies, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing, campus safety, counseling and health and recruitment and retention efforts.
Committment to inclusion
“Our commitment to the LGBT community, like our commitment to all communities on our campus, is strong,” said Director of Diversity Aaron Bruce. “Ultimately, we want our students to succeed in their academic endeavors. To do that, they need to feel safe, included and accepted.”
SDSU earned five-star ratings (out of five) in all categories except for two - housing and residential life and support and institutional commitment – where it received four and a half stars. Campuses rated by the index each submitted a voluntary questionnaire to Campus Pride, a national non-profit organization working to create safer, more LGBT-inclusive colleges and build future LGBT and ally leaders.
Among the more notable efforts SDSU has made in this area in recent years include:
- The launch of the first LGBT major in California and only the second in the nation;
- Safe Zones, a volunteer training program that equips trained Safe Zone "allies" with tools to guide students and others to campus and community resources;
- An annual rainbow flag raising to celebrate Pride week;
- An LGBTQ Resources Fair;
- The lavender graduation for students who identify as LGBTQ.
An anonymous comment on the Campus Index website had this to say about SDSU: “I have found that the administration thinks highly of the LGBT community and is here to support us. They’re proactive when it comes to promoting LGBT awareness.”
This is the third year in a row SDSU has been recognized by the Campus Climate Index. In addition to SDSU, other schools receiving five stars on the Index this year include:
University of California, Berkley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
Humboldt State University
University of Maine, Farmington
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Michigan
Ohio State University
University of Oregon
Oregon State University
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
University of Southern California
Southern Oregon University
University of Vermont
University of Washington
Washington University, St. Louis
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