For the first time, Montclair State University has been
named to the Campus Pride Top
25 LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities list.
Compiled by Campus Pride, the nation’s leading educational
organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future
leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities, the Top 25
list recognizes the “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-friendly higher education
institutions in the nation.
Receiving five out of five possible stars in the
Pride Index, Montclair State joins institutions such as Williams College, Princeton,
Cornell and Penn State on the elite list, which highlights the
most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities in regards to policy, program
and practice in higher education.
The accolade is welcome recognition of the efforts that the
University and the LGBTQ
Center have put into enhancing LGBTQ programs and services.
"The LGBTQ Center at Montclair State University is dedicated to improving the services and support of LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff, and we have worked diligently with our campus partners to create an environment inclusive and supportive of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression," says LGBTQ Center Program Coordinator Brian Edwards. "We celebrate this incredible moment and recognition of our work thus far. It's a great day to be a Red Hawk!"
Edwards notes that while the University did receive five out
of five stars, there is still more that can be done to enhance the support and
services for the LGBTQ population at Montclair State. He and the LGBTQ Center are currently working with campus administrators on the development of preferred
name options in University-wide systems; accessible, simple processes for
students to change their gender identity on University records and documents;
and options for students to self-identify their gender identity and sexual
orientation on admissions applications.
According to Campus Pride, the Campus Pride Index is based
in research on policy, program and practice conducted for and by LGBTQ experts
in the field of higher education. In order to be named to the Top 25, an
institution has to score the highest percentages in the LGBTQ-friendly
benchmarks in all areas.
Learn more and view the full list at campuspride.org/2015-top-25.