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Campus Pride’s CCI Drives Newsweek’s Ranking of Top 25 “Gay Friendly” College Rankings

Screen shot 2011-08-30 at 9.34.29 PM_1.pngCP.clr__0_0_0.png“As the leading national organization for LGBT students and campus groups, Campus Pride is pleased Newsweek relied on our expertise, resources and our nationally acclaimed online LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index ( for its ranking of its “Top 25 Gay Friendly Colleges for 2011,” said Shane Windmeyer, Campus Pride executive director/founder. “The Index is a valuable research tool for national benchmarking on LGBT policies, programs and practices. Of course, its free to everyone online — prospective students, families as well as colleges and universities — its even accessible for professional news sources like Newsweek.”

As stated on the Newsweek’s site: To compile the list of the campuses that are the most accepting and open-minded of LGBT students and supporters, we first turned to , a leading metric of how inclusive colleges campuses are of LGBT and Ally people. As well, we considered whether colleges have a LGBT campus center, and College Prowler survey data revealing how students rate the diversity and degree of acceptance for each campus.

Windmeyer notes that Campus Pride was not aware Newsweek was utilizing the Index as part of its methodology until the Top 25 list was released by Newsweek recently. Still Windmeyer states, “It’s a good thing… and at least Newsweek relied on our professional expertise and the online index to drive its rankings. The more attention we can have toward the need to create LGBT acceptance and safer, more welcoming campuses at colleges and universities, all the better for our LGBT youth.”

Learn more about Campus Pride’s LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index online at
Also, visit Newsweek’s 2011 Ranking of Top 25 Gay Friendly Colleges online at…

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