KSU Named One of the Best Universities for LGBTQ+ Students for 3rd Consecutive Year
KENT, Ohio — A northeast Ohio university is once again in the national spotlight for its support and commitment to the LGBTQ+ community.
For the third year in a row, Kent State University has been named one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly campuses in the United States
Students and staff say feelings of comfort, safety and equality are apparent and happen the moment you set foot on campus.
“I love it. I feel so proud to be here. I feel comfortable being here. I feel comfortable being myself here,” said Serena Gestring, a Kent State Emerging Media and Technology sophomore.
Kent State students, faculty, and staff are proud of this honor, and faculty and staff at the university take it extremely seriously.
“I think it’s about helping everyone feel like they belong,” said Yvonna Washington-Greer, assistant vice president of Equity Identity and Success.
The nonprofit “Campus Pride” honored Kent State, listing it among 40 four-year institutions.
Campus Pride Index was the first national LGBTQ benchmarking tool.
Its goal is to create safer and more inclusive communities and to allow families and students to search the database for the best schools of their choice.
KSU earned a perfect 5 out of 5 star score, achieving high marks in LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs, and practices.
“Students help us understand what they need and want,” Washington-Greer said.
Kent State has operated an LGBTQ+ Center at its Student Center since 2010, providing a safe space for students to use resources and talk with peers and mentors.
The university also offers an LGBTQ+ Living Learning Community at Korb Hall.
It is open to all students interested in learning more about sexual orientation and gender identity, with a major focus on social justice.
Students and staff say these tools have helped let everyone know they are studying and living in the right place.
“It’s important for us to create those spaces and offer those resources and also help students connect and feel like they’re not alone,” Washington-Greer said.
“It’s just that it feels really good to have people who care and understand and accept me. It’s really great,” Gestring said.
Kent State also has a number of LGBTQ+ groups. One that is open to the student community is called Q’ommunity and another is called QTPOC, which is a closed group for queer and trans people of color.
The only other university in Ohio to make the Campus Pride list is Ohio State.
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Click here to view the CDC’s Self-Assessment Document on LGBTQ Inclusion in Schools.