About Campus Pride

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Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

Founded in the Fall of 2001 and launched a year later in October of 2002, Campus Pride started as an online community and resource clearinghouse under the name Campus PrideNet.  The original founding partners were M. Chad Wilson, Sarah E. Holmes & Shane L. Windmeyer. In 2006, the organization broadened its outreach efforts and restructured as the current educational non-profit organization Campus Pride.  As part of the restructuring process, the Lambda 10 Project for LGBT Fraternity & Sorority Issues became an educational initiative of Campus Pride.  The executive director is national LGBTQ civil rights leader and campus pioneer Shane L. Windmeyer.

Purpose:

Build future leaders and safer campus communities.

Mission Statement:

Campus Pride serves LGBTQ and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBTQ and ally student leaders.

Our Vision:

Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of anti-LGBTQ prejudice, bigotry and hate. It works to develop student leaders, campus networks, and future actions to create such positive change.

Our Values:

  • Social Justice: Mobilizing student leaders for intersectional work and social justice.
  • Youth Voice & Action: Giving students a voice and action in leadership.
  • Empowerment: Empowering student leaders for positive change in society.
  • Positive Change: Building stronger LGBTQ and ally communities on college campuses.
  • Diversity: Celebrating and recognizing diversity.

Anti- Racism Statement:

Campus Pride believes anti-racism work is LGBTQ work, and as such identifies promoting anti- racism as an integral part of its mission. The rich and diverse voices and stories of people of color are important and often silenced. Campus Pride recognizes the liberation of people of color as central to dismantling all forms of oppression. In accordance with these values, Campus Pride commits to the following actions:

  • Empowering and uplifting the voices of queer and trans students of color.
  • Continuing our commitment to offering equitable access to Campus Pride resources and programs.
  • Acknowledging and celebrating the accomplishments of queer and trans people of color
  • Having a diverse board and staff (paid and volunteer) that is representative of the diverse students we serve.
  • Standing in solidarity with queer and trans undocumented students and advocating for increased accessibility of higher education.
  • Recognizing value and necessity of minority serving institutions (including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American Serving Institutions) and supporting student organizing efforts on these campuses.