About Campus Pride

Our History

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 LGBTQ 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.

Highlights & Accomplishments:

2001

  • Founding year of Campus PrideNet and the launching of www.campuspride.net, the only national online network for LGBTQ and Ally student leaders and campus groups.

2002

  • Develops the Dean’s List for LGBTQ and Ally student leaders to communicate statewide and across the country.
  • Forms partnership with Lambda 10 Project National Clearinghouse for LGBTQ Fraternity & Sorority Issues and Stop The Hate! National Bias & Hate Crime Prevention Program for colleges and universities.

2003

  • Releases a national public service announcement and educational campaign to address issues of anti-gay hate and “internalized homophobia.” The PSA airs on mtvU to over 700 universities and 5.5 million viewers across college campuses.
  • Joins forces with the Collegiate Empowerment Company, Inc. to support the book “Inspiration for LGBTQ Students & their Allies.”

2004

  • Publishes the “Power of an Ally Action Guide” with the generous support of Kepplers On Campus and distributed over 5000 copies.
  • Promotes special campus give-away with Kepplers On Campus for a lecture by Elizabeth Birch, former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign.

2005

  • Releases a national call soliciting the “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-Friendly campuses for new book authored by Shane L. Windmeyer and published by Alyson Books.
  • Lambda 10 Project National Clearinghouse for LGBTQ Fraternity & Sorority Issues becomes an educational initiative of Campus PrideNet.

2006

  • Campus PrideNet celebrates five years serving LGBTQ & Ally student leaders.
  • Campus PrideNet expands educational outreach and becomes Campus Pride, a national nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) for LGBTQ and Ally student leaders and campus groups.
  • Becomes an educational partner of Soulforce, kicking off the history-making Equality Ride to end religious-based oppression at colleges and universities.
  • Develops special campus give-away with the Greater Talent Agency for Esera Tuaolo, openly gay former NFL football player.

2007

  • Plans the first-ever LGBTQ and Ally Summer Leadership Camp to empower and train future LGBTQ and Ally student leaders from across the country.
  • Publishes the only undergraduate journal “for and by” LGBTQ students titled “queer” and circulates to well-over 250+ campuses nationally.
  • Campus Pride membership and Dean’s List tops 10,000+ student leaders at over 900+ colleges and universities.

2008

  • Acquires ownership of the premeire Stop The Hate Bias & Hate Crime Prevention program, which our founder Shane Windmeyer developed and founded in 2000. Lauched new updated site and resources online at www.stophate.org.
  • Nearly doubles attendance for the second annual LGBTQ and Ally Summer Leadership Camp to empower and train future LGBTQ and Ally student leaders from across the country. The only camp of its kind, Campus Pride received national press from Chronicle of Higher Education, The Advocate and other regional media.
  • Launches the LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index and grows the number of colleges to over 160+ in the first academic year. The Index receives national award from the American College Personnel Association as an “Innovative Tool for Social Justice.”
  • Plans two LGBTQ-Friendly College Admission Fairs, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast, to support LGBTQ and ally youth looking for LGBTQ-Friendly colleges and universities. Over 70 colleges were in attendance.
  • Releases the first-ever national formal research exploring the LGBTQ experience within fraternities and sororities from 1960 to 2007 through its educational initiative Lambda 10 Project.

2009

  • Hosts the first-ever national OUT & GREEK Leadership Conference for LGBTQ and Ally Fraternity and Sorority Members. The conference was hosted at DePaul University with over 70 fraternity and sorority members and advisors in attendance.
  • Awards the Campus Pride Voice & Action National Leadership Award, the only award of its kind, to recognize outstanding LGBTQ and Ally students at colleges and universities across the country.
  • Hosts an East Coast and West Coast Stop The Hate Bias & Hate Crime Prevention Train the Trainer program in partnership with the Matthew Shepard Foundation to commemorate “10 Year Legacy of Matthew Sheaprd.”
  • Hosts third annual LGBTQ and Ally Summer Leadership Camp to empower and train future LGBTQ and Ally student leaders from across the country. The only camp of its kind, Campus Pride received national press from Chronicle of Higher Education, The Advocate and other regional media.
  • Expands the LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index and the number of colleges to over 200. The Index partners with the Consortium for LGBTQ Professionals in Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association.
  • Plans three LGBTQ-Friendly College Admission Fairs, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast and a new fair in the Midwest, to support LGBTQ and ally youth looking for LGBTQ-Friendly colleges and universities. Over 120 colleges in attendance.