Harvard University has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top-50 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities by the Huffington Post and Campus Pride, the leading national organization for creating safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities.
The rankings are based on the Campus Pride Index, an assessment tool launched in 2007 to serve as a benchmark of LGBT-inclusive policies and programs. To participate, each university self-assesses their campus climate with over 50 questions corresponding to eight different LGBT-friendly factors:
- LGBT Policy and Inclusion
- LGBT Support & Institutional Commitment
- LGBT Academic Life
- LGBT Student Life
- LGBT Housing
- LGBT Campus Safety
- LGBT Counseling & Health
- LGBT Recruitment and Retention Efforts
The Top 50 list reflects those colleges and universities achieving the highest ratings across all benchmarks for LGBT-inclusive policies, programs, and practices related to gender identity/expression and sexual orientation.
Harvard University supplies a number of resources for the BGLTQ and ally community, including the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, eight student groups, a Queer Resource Center, LGBT-inclusive counseling services, trans* inclusive health insurance policies, and a number of community-building events such as the Holiday/End-of-Year Dinners and Queer Leadership Retreats.
In the past year alone, the Harvard College community saw the organization of the Queer Student Advisory Council, the development of a College-wide gender-neutral housing policy to be implemented at the start of the 2014-2015 school year, and the launch of programming such as the Queer Histories lecture series.
The Office of BGLTQ Student Life is committed to further developing resources, leadership, and community among BGLTQ students at Harvard College. Read our Mission Statement.