Kent State has garnered national recognition as one of the “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-Friendly Universities for the second year in a row Campus pride.
Campus Pride is a non-profit organization that has focused on building safe and inclusive LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities for the last 20 years.
The Campus Pride Index is their resource to help aspiring college students and their families find the best LGBTQ-friendly universities in the country.
Ratings are based on a five-star scale and use factors such as policy changes, advisory services, and more to determine a university’s score.
Kent State’s 5-star rating comes after years of endorsement. Starting from a Campus Pride Index of 3.5 in 2014, the LGBTQ Student Center has made consistent efforts to improve the results.
Advocating policy changes has given Kent an edge in the assessment process, said Ken Ditlevson, director of the LGBTQ student center.
“Efforts to change policy with gender-sensitive bathrooms and preferred names began to move the needle,” Ditlevson said. “The commitment as an institution for sustainable change is an important part of the work.”
Despite the university’s high rating, Ditlevson is still working to improve LGBTQ support across campus.
“We have a lot to do to serve our trans and non-binary communities, asexual communities and more,” said Ditlevson. “Creating support systems for marginalized LGBTQ groups and increasing the visibility of these students is an important next step in our advocacy.”
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