Campus Pride: Twenty Years of Building Safer Campus Communities for LGBTQ+ Students
It’s Pride Month in the United States! A time to celebrate equality, inclusion, and diversity. All throughout June, we’ll be focusing on campus clubs and organizations that promote those ideals. First up, Campus Pride!
Founded in 2001, Campus Pride is the “leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students.” What makes them unique is that it is an organization that is completely volunteer-driven and comprised of students. They state that their primary objective is “to develop necessary resources, programs, and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States.” Campus Pride started as an online community and quickly grew, restructuring to involve greater research, funding, and educational initiatives in the civil rights realm.
Campus Pride states that it exists “to develop, support, and give ‘voice and action’ in building future LGBTQ and ally student leaders.” They “envision campuses and a society free of anti-LGBTQ prejudice, bigotry and hate, and “works to develop student leaders, campus networks, and future actions to create such positive change.”
Their values are of the following:
- 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.
To date, Campus Pride has supported over 1400 colleges and universities on top of thousands of students. They have also trained over 120 students and staff in social justice/activism and directly serviced over 600 colleges to implement LGBTQ-inclusive policies and safety measures. They pride themselves in advocating for thousands of LGBTQ students on a national stage.
Looking to have Campus Pride support your college/university campus? Contact them today to learn more! Happy Pride Month!
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