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Aug. 16, 2006
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EMU recognized as one of top 100 campuses for LGBT students

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Campuses for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) students by The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first comprehensive campus guide to highlight the 100 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the United States.

            “EMU prides itself on its diversity and its efforts to create an inclusive environment,” said Jim Vick, vice president for student affairs at EMU. “Being recognized as one of the best universities for LGBT provides some evidence that we are successful in our endeavors and that this success will encourage others to become part of the EMU family.”

            The book, available from Alyson Books, profiles 100 colleges and universities from across the country that offer resources and create a positive living and learning environment for LGBT students. Campus PrideNet, the leading national organization for LGBT and ally student leaders, with support from a team of expert LGBT professionals from the National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education, developed the criteria and a questionnaire for nominations. The purpose of the questionnaire was to gather feedback from current LGBT students, faculty and staff regarding personal experiences and opinions about their campus.

            After receiving nominations from 680 campuses and conducting more than 5,500 online interviews, 100 campuses were selected for the book based on institutional policies, commitment and support, academic life, housing, student life, counseling and health services, campus safety, and recruitment and retention efforts. The list of 100 is broken down in multiple indexes such as region, state, type of institution and size. Individual campus profiles include information on size, tuition, admission application deadlines, gay-affirmative policies, events, LGBT student groups and resources, housing for LGBT students and more.

“This award affirms what we know to be true, that EMU is a very diverse and a welcoming place,” said Glenna Frank Miller, director of campus life. “We are proud of our LGBT resource center and the staff. They help create such a great environment for all of our students.”

“The top 100 colleges and universities profiled in The Advocate College Guide lead the way for the rest of higher education to be LGBT-friendly. These campuses take to heart the value of supporting all students…what better way for a campus to come out as LGBT-friendly,” said Shane L. Windmeyere, executive director of Campus PrideNet and the author of the guide.

"Of course, I am thrilled and excited about the EMU Campus receiving this honor. However, I am not surprised,” said Kay Woodiel, director of diversity programs and community service. “The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered Resource Center at EMU recognizes the need for balance between social, educational and political programming. Indeed, the LGBTRC is providing our campus with educationally purposeful diversity and opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. We want to continue our work for the transgendered community and toward a University policy for gender identity and expression."

For additional information about Campus PrideNet or to order a copy of The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, visit www.campuspride.net.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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