Campus Pride Executive Director and Chair’s Circle members host Founder’s Day Instagram live for 20th Anniversary

Founder’s Day special anniversary IG Live

This Thursday, September 16, Campus Pride Executive Director and Founder Shane Windmeyer will be featured in a 20th anniversary special IG Live for Campus Pride Founder’s Day. Windmeyer will be joined by Chair’s Circle members and volunteers Lisa and Katie Simmons-Barth. For more information, go to

Hosted by Simone Boyd, Campus Pride student staff member, they will discuss Campus Pride’s 20-year history and its groundbreaking LGBTQ college programs and initiatives. Since its founding in 2001, Campus Pride has been a trailblazer in the LGBTQ nonprofit community and has inspired LGBTQ youth and students. 

Learning about the legacy of Campus Pride

Campus Pride started as an online community and resource clearinghouse under the name Campus PrideNet. In 2006, Windmeyer broadened Campus Pride’s outreach efforts and became the educational nonprofit it is today. The organization expanded to include educational initiatives like the Lambda 10 Project for LGBT Fraternity & Sorority Issues, Safe Space and Stop the Hate training programs, Trans Policy Clearinghouse and HBCU LGBTQ Clearinghouse. Learn more about founder Shane Windmeyer and Campus Pride’s journey.

“I’ve always had a passion for working in higher education. Campus Pride came out of a need for additional support for LGBTQ students. LGBTQ youth are the future of our community, and Campus Pride aims to build strong leaders. We provide programs and initiatives that support LGBTQ youth on campus and help them succeed post-graduation as well.”


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Celebrating its 20th anniversary year in 2021, Campus Pride is the leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to building future leaders and creating safer, more inclusive communities for LGBTQ people and allies at colleges and universities. Founded in 2001 by nationally-recognized LGBTQ civil rights leader and campus pioneer Shane L. Windmeyer, Campus Pride offers a wide variety of programs and resources for students and prospective students, including the Campus Pride Index, HBCU Clearinghouse, Trans Policy Clearinghouse, Lambda 10, Stop the Hate and Safe Space trainings, and the annual Camp Pride leadership camp. 


Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed. is a best-selling author, LGBTQ campus pioneer and civil rights champion. Windmeyer is the creator of the Campus Pride Index (, the premier national LGBTQ benchmarking tool for colleges and universities. Released Fall 2006 by Alyson Books, Windmeyer is the author of The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first-ever college guide profiling the “100 Best LGBT-Friendly Campuses.” He is also the editor of Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities and co-editor of the books Inspiration for LGBT Students & Allies, Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity and Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority.

Windmeyer was raised in the rural Midwest on a farm in Hiawatha, Kansas.  Windmeyer is part of the Iowa Tribe. His family is mixed race Mexican, American Indian, and Irish.  Windmeyer attended Emporia State University as a first generation college student and participated in the Upward Bound program for low income, first generation families. He graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and then attended Indiana University where he received his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  He lives in Charlotte, NC with his husband Thomas Feldman. They were legally married in 2015 after twenty years of being together.

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