The Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University has been named one of the country’s best for LGBTQ students.
Campus Pride, a national benchmarking tool which self-assesses LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices, included SIU-Carbondale with other Midwestern schools. It was the only Illinois university to be included in the organization’s “Best of the Best” for 2021.
“We are very proud to be one of just 30 Campus Pride ‘Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities’ and the only institution of higher learning in Illinois to earn recognition,” said Paul Frazier, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion. “This is a credit to the ongoing collaborative effort to create an inclusive campus and we will continue to look for ways to foster an even more welcoming, safe and inclusive place for all students to call home.”
SIU earned a 5-star ranking on the Campus Pride benchmark evaluation of the university’s policies, programs and practices. The list includes an SIU profile, featuring details about the resources, support, events and activities provided to students, along with quotes from students, a campus profile and detailed scoring data.
Campus Pride cited numerous reasons for recognizing SIU as being an inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly university for students to attend. Included is SIU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer + (LGBTQ+) Resource Center, one of four centers within the university’s Student Multicultural Resource Center. Located in the Student Services Building, the center, a unit of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a safe and welcoming space that offers educational outreach, advocacy services and referral information along with support for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, families, alumni and friends. A new director will soon be in place for the center, according to Frazier.