CSU LGBTQ+ Student Services receives four out of five stars from Campus Pride Index
Cleveland State University LGBTQ+ Student Services received four out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index.
Getting on the Pride Index was one of the LGBTQ+ Student Service’s biggest projects during the fall semester and now they are listed in the Top 10 schools in Ohio for LGBTQ+ student support.
“We were not even listed on it in August 2020, so we developed a committee of LGBTQ+/ally faculty and staff from across all campus departments in an unprecedented effort to improve the LGBTQ+ policies on campus,” LGBTQ+ student service graduate intern Caleb Sargent said.
It was a team effort from the LGBTQ+ community and its allies that put LGBTQ+ Student Services at CSU among the top schools.
“In January, we became listed on the index with four out of five stars, putting us in the top ten schools in Ohio,” Sargent said.
Campus Pride Index is a trademark tool that LGBTQ+ students use to determine which colleges or universities have welcoming and affirming LGBTQ+ policies.
The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities.
The index is supported under the Campus Pride Q Research Institute for Higher Education as well as benefits from strategic partnerships with professional organizations in higher education and related LGBTQ nonprofit organizations.
It wasn’t easy for the LGBTQ+ student services to receive the four out of five-star rating. They needed help from CSU faculty and staff.
“The CPI assessment required work from dedicated CSU faculty and staff all across campus departments who were all committed toward our mission,” Sargent said. “Seeing the four/five stars, putting us in the top ten schools in Ohio, made me feel so proud of the LGBTQ+ center and the committee that worked diligently on it.”
LGBTQ+ student services is constantly working on ways to improve LGBTQ+ awareness on campus. Sargent hopes that by May their score can go up to five stars or put CSU in the top five schools.