U of M is one of the most LGBT-friendly campuses in the country, says new study
This is the East Bank of... one of the most LGBT-friendly campuses in the country? A new ranking says yes.
Both the U of M Twin Cities and Carleton College crack the top 25 in a new list of the country's most LGBT-friendly colleges, put together by the Campus Pride Index.
They have good company, including schools such as Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, Oberlin, Cornell, Princeton, Indiana, and University of Michigan. Both Minn. schools pull in five-star rankings on the list, which surveys 343 colleges and universities across the country. Of those, 42 share five-star status.
Elsewhere in the state, U of M Duluth earns 4.5 stars, while Macalester lags at 3.5, and MCTC comes in lowest of the surveyed Minn. schools, with a single star.
To determine the star counts, Campus Pride looked at metrics including policy inclusion (for instance, benefits to employees' same-sex partners), campus safety (e.g., clear procedures for addressing bias incidents or hate crimes), and student life (along the lines of awareness activities). Other factors were counseling and health, recruitment and retention, and housing and residence life.
Campus Pride's director, Shane Windmeyer, says that every spot on the index is commendable, wherever the school ranks. "It is... important to recognize the 300 plus additional colleges that have 'come out' as LGBT-friendly on the Campus Pride Index, regardless of their star-rating," he told the Huffington Post's Gay Voices section, which partnered on the list.
Windmeyer noted that across the ranking, the Midwest stood out as one area that could use more LGBT-friendliness in higher ed (he also called out the South, that usual suspect). Our region aside, the list shows many of Minnesota's schools, from those with 1,800 students (Carleton) to those with 45,000 (the U), as inclusive.
Here's how the rest of the state stacks up:
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