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Oct. 18, 2007
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Campus Climate Index recognizes EMU for LGBT friendliness

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University has been given a 4.5 out of 5 overall rating by the Campus Climate Index.

“I am honored that Eastern Michigan University received such a high score on the Campus Climate Index and was recognized as being one of the most LGBT-friendly campuses,” said Kate Brindle, coordinator of the EMU LGBT Resource Center. “EMU is truly a place where people work hard to ensure that all students feel safe and welcome!”

The Campus Climate Index is an online national assessment tool that provides lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) students with information about policies, programs and practices for universities and colleges across the nation.

Scores are awarded in 10 categories, including: sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, LGBT policy inclusion, LGBT support and institutional commitment, student life, academic life, housing and residence life, campus safety, counseling and health, and recruitment and retention.

EMU received the highest scores (5 out of 5 stars) in the categories of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, support and institutional commitment, student life, and counseling and health.

“We have a very open community at EMU,” wrote a 19-year-old female. “Students can see that there is support there, if they need it. A good example of this is the Coming Out/Being Out Support Group, as well as the multiple LGBT student organizations.”

“EMU offers multiple opportunities for LGBT students. First, we have a fully staffed, very active lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered resource center on campus,” said Brindle. “The LGBTRC advocates for and addresses the needs of students, faculty and staff regarding issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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