For the fourth year in a row, Campus Pride has ranked Portland State University among the top LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities for making campuses safer and more inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
This year’s listing, announced Aug. 15, is created using data from the Campus Pride Index, an assessment of campus climate based on policies, programs and practices. This year, Campus Pride increased the number of campuses on its “best of the best” list from 25 to 50. Campus Pride is a national non-profit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to make campuses safer for LGBT students.
“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.”
Portland State strives to provide an inclusive environment for students across the gender and sexuality spectrum. The campus attracts LGBT students because of its urban location, strong academics and services, says Craig Leets, director of PSU’s Queer Resource Center. Students make about 3,000 visits to the center each year.
“Special congratulations are in order for all of the PSU staff and faculty who are doing great work on campus to make PSU one of the best universities in the country for queer and trans students,” Leets said.
Go here for the Campus Pride news release and the full list of campuses.