| Sept. 9, 2011
UI receives high rating for LGBT friendliness
The University of Iowa has been listed as a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)-friendly campus in the Campus Climate Index produced by the Campus Pride organization, receiving a rating of 4.5 on a 5-point scale.
The Campus Climate Index is a tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBT campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful. It also serves as a valuable resource for students looking for LGBT-friendly schools. Iowa's participation in the Index is the result of a collaborative effort initiated by the Chief Diversity Office and the Office of Admissions to determine how the university can create a more welcoming campus environment.
"The University of Iowa supports Campus Pride's mission," says UI Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President Georgina Dodge. "Our high score on the Campus Climate Index demonstrates that we have good efforts in place, but we want to achieve the top score and will continue working towards that goal."
The criteria for the rating include an evaluation of the following as related to LGBT students: policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing, campus safety, counseling and health, and recruitment and retention efforts.
The UI has a long history fostering an accepting community. The school's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union was founded in 1970 and is the oldest state-university-recognized and continuously funded group of its kind in the United States. In 1993, the UI became the first university and public institution of higher education in the nation to offer domestic partner insurance coverage.
Campus Pride is the leading nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBT-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities across the country. The index is supported under the Campus Pride Q Research Institute for Higher Education as well as benefits from strategic partnerships with professional organizations in higher education and related LGBT nonprofit organizations.
More information: http://www.campusclimateindex.org/.
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