UC Riverside Named to Top-25 LGBT-Friendly College and University List by Huffington Post and Campus Pride

Annual ranking cites schools that are leading the way in LGBT-inclusive policies, programs and practices

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Members of the UC Riverside LGBT Center staff sit next to the Scotty the Bear statue. Back row, from left: summer graduate intern Kayley Robsham and Director Nancy Jean Tubbs. Front row: summer graduate intern Derrick Moeller, Program Coordinator Sy Simms, and Program Coordinator Toi Thibodeaux.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The University of California, Riverside has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top-25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities by the Huffington Post and Campus Pride, the leading national organization for LGBT student leaders and campus groups.

“We’re excited to see UCR remain in the top-25,” said LGBT Resource Center Director Nancy Jean Tubbs. “It truly is a reflection of our entire university coming together to create an LGBT-inclusive campus.”

The ranking was based on responses to the Campus Pride Index, a self-reporting survey tool with more than 50 assessment questions corresponding to eight different LGBT-friendly factors. The survey helps universities make policy changes and identify areas that ensure a diverse range of experiences.

“We are extremely proud of our long tradition of providing support to our LGBT community,” said Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs James Sandoval. “Our campus is unequivocally committed to providing access and support to individuals from all walks of life and LGBT students are no exception.  Our LGBT students are an inherent part of who we are and have contributed greatly to the development UCR’s excellent student experience.”

“UC Riverside has worked hard to provide a safe space for LGBT students,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride “This listing is further proof that UC Riverside is leading the way.”

Other schools on the list include Princeton University, Rutgers University, Stanford University, Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Southern California, the University of Washington, as well as the only other UC school, UC Santa Cruz.

To be listed among the top-25, schools had to earn five-star ratings in the categories of Overall, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression and reach at least 4.5 stars or above in the eight LGBT-friendly factor areas, including:

  • LGBT Policy Inclusion
  • LGBT Support & Institutional Commitment
  • LGBT Academic Life
  • LGBT Student Life
  • LGBT Housing
  • LGBT Campus Safety
  • LGBT Counseling & Health
  • LGBT Recruitment and Retention Efforts

UC Riverside has long been a leader in LGBT-inclusive policies, programs and practices. These include the LGBIT Studies Minor, Stonewall Hall & Gender Inclusive Housing, transgender-inclusive health care, and the Kalyn Smith-Tranquil’son Memorial Fund, which assists students who lose family support because of their involvement in the LGBT community.

Tubbs said the university will continue to build on this history with new and innovative programs.

“UCR helped launch T*Camp, the first intercampus retreat for trans* college students, two years ago, and this academic year, we will be hosting the intercampus BlaqOUT Retreat for LGBTQ black, African American, and African college students,” Tubbs said. “We are also assisting the UCR student group NAMES & Neighbors with the Tabla Conference in January 2014. This conference is for queer and trans* college students with ties to South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and neighboring countries.”

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

Nancy Jean Tubbs, director of UCR LGBT Resource Center
Tel: (951) 827-2267
E-mail: nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu

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