Harvard University Named a Top-50 LGBT-Friendly Campus

August 15, 2014
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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:

  1. LGBT Policy and Inclusion
  2. LGBT Support & Institutional Commitment
  3. LGBT Academic Life
  4. LGBT Student Life
  5. LGBT Housing
  6. LGBT Campus Safety
  7. LGBT Counseling & Health
  8. 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.

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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.

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