The University of Louisville recently hit the trifecta, receiving three national top rankings for its support of the LGBTQ community.
The rankings include:
- “Best of the Best” Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly college ranking by Campus Pride Index. UofL has been one of the organization’s top schools for the last four years, earning five out of five stars on the index.
- A number one ranking from LGBTOutfitters on its top 10 list of best campuses for LGBTQ students.
- Ranked 24th by Affordable Colleges Online on its list of LGBTQ-friendly and affordable colleges in the U.S.
“These awards are a direct result of UofL’s commitment to building an inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly environment on campus and in our community,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “I am so proud of our efforts and look forward to seeing how we continue to grow in the future.”
Brian Buford, executive director of The LGBT Center, says these accolades are well-deserved, but the university’s work is not finished.
“There is still a lot to do to remove barriers for LGBTQ students and make sure they have all the resources they need. But I do think that honors like these tell us we are heading in the right direction and that the hard work and investment has made a difference,” Buford said. “Especially in a southern state, being recognized for LGBTQ inclusion is a big deal and also during a time when we are seeing protections rolled back at the national level.”
Buford said the university’s widespread dedication to inclusiveness and recently-implemented initiatives contributed to this year’s awards. For example, the Human Resources Department implemented changes that allow employees to change their gender-marker, the Housing and Residence Life staff opened a new residence area that caters to LGBTQ students, the Speed School of Engineering created trans-friendly restrooms and the university is adding new courses to the LGBT Studies minor each year.
“All these advances really add up to create a welcoming space,” Buford said.