OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU Named One of Nation’s 100 Best Campuses for LGBT Students

08/04/2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has been recognized as one of the 100 best campuses for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students by the “The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students.”

Released this week, it is the first comprehensive guide to LGBT-supportive campuses.

“It’s a terrific honor to be named one of the 100 top universities for LGBT students,” said Steven Leider, program coordinator of LGBT Outreach and Services at OSU. “We have grown amazingly fast in this area, and it’s great to be recognized for our progress.”

The guide is a result of nearly 5,000 online surveys of LGBT students and 500 online interviews with faculty and staff across the country, said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus PrideNet and author of the guide. Nearly 700 colleges were nominated for the top 100. Selection was based on institutional policies, commitment and support, campus safety, housing, student life, counseling and health services and recruiting and retention supports.

“As one of our recent graduates said, we have gone from 0 to 60 in just five years in terms of the resources we offer on campus,” Leider said. Part of that growth was a covenant signed last fall by President Ed Ray and OSU Pride Center leaders ensuring the existence of the Pride Center in perpetuity. OSU is the only university in the country to have such a covenant.

The Advocate College Guide is being published by Alyson Publications.

For more information on the signing of the covenant and OSU’s Pride Center, visit http://oregonstate.edu/pridecenter/.