The University of Houston is making major strides in inclusiveness. The Campus Pride Index, a national benchmarking system designed to measure colleges’ and universities’ LGBTQ-friendliness, has awarded UH a score of 4.5 out of 5, a half point above last year’s score. The Campus Pride Index uses criteria such as LGBTQ residence life, LGBTQ counseling and health services and LGBTQ campus safety to determine the overall rating. The University of Houston received a total score of 4.5 out of 5 and received at least a 3.5 rating on every individual category used to measure LGBTQ inclusiveness. UH also swept the LGBTQ housing and residential life category with a perfect 5 out of 5.
This kind of progress takes effort, teamwork and commitment. Making sure LGBTQ students feel comfortable at the University of Houston is a campus-wide responsibility, and our school takes that responsibility seriously. The Department of Student Housing and Residential Life offers a program of gender diversity housing where students of all gender identities can live in a “safe, inclusive, comfortable and supportive living environment.” In addition, the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, offers a GLBT studies minor. All of these initiatives help LGBTQ students feel safe and accepted on campus.
The Campus Pride Index score is more than just a rating. It’s a commitment to making the University of Houston a safe and inclusive environment. “This score is not only helpful for recruiting LGBTQ+ student to UH, we are optimistic that this score is reflected in our student’s lived experience on campus,” says LGBTQ Resource Center director Lorraine Schroeder. “LGBTQ+ students quickly learn that there are many people and places here that celebrate them being their authentic selves. That is something we can be proud of.”
For more information on the LGBTQ Resource Center or UH’s score on the Campus Pride Index, please contact Lorraine Schroeder, director of the LGBTQ Resource Center, at email@example.com.
About the LGBTQ Resource Center
The LGBTQ Resource Center provides support and a safe space for LGBTQ students to access resources, ask questions, and make connections with other students. Through visibility and education, they seek to create an environment of LGBTQ acceptance and inclusion for the entire campus community. Services include a lending library, mentoring program, Cougar Ally Training, and discussion groups.
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 46,000 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.