North Seattle College listed as a top five LGBTQ-friendly community college

Campus Pride Best of the Best

Campus Pride Best of the Best

North Seattle College (NSC) has been named as one of the top five LGBTQ-friendly community colleges in the nation by Campus Pride, the leading national organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and groups.  

Campus Pride released its “Best of the Best” Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly college list highlighting the campuses nationally who are setting the highest standards for LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program and practice. The organization for the first time also recognized a top five community college “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-friendly list.

“How exciting it is to be recognized by Campus Pride’s “Best of the Best” Top Five LGBTQ-friendly college,” said D’Andre Fisher, NSC associate vice president of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). “This award should serve as a motivational tool for all the EDI champions who have been putting in the time and effort to go above and beyond to ensure our campus is more inclusive and welcoming towards our LGBTQ+ family and friends.”

Campus Pride chose the 30 campuses this year based on their overall ratings on the Campus Pride Index and specific LGBTQ-inclusive benchmark measures.

The Campus Pride Index, currently 330+ campuses, is the premier national benchmarking tool, which self-assesses LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices.

“LGBTQ youth and families want to know what campuses are doing when it comes to inclusive policies, programs and practices – not only for four year colleges but also two year colleges,” said Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride and creator of the Campus Pride Index. “Campus Pride is proud at the growing number of campuses that are improving their LGBTQ campus climate and wanting to be the “Best of the Best” each year.”

In order to be in the “Best of the Best” listing, an institution had to score the highest percentages in the LGBTQ-friendly benchmarks for policies, programs and practices.

North has and continues to make strides to be a more inclusive campus for all students. Over the past two years, the college has worked directly with students and employees to create gender-neutral bathrooms on campus. In addition to hosting regular events, the college is also home to the Gender Equity Resource Center and has hosted regular Safe Zone trainings on campus. North also recently opened its first Multicultural Center on campus, with the goal of helping to retain, support and graduate students of all backgrounds. The center also serves as a meeting place for students and staff to work on institutional diversity initiatives.

Fisher commended the hard work of North’s students and employees, including International Programs retention and activities specialist Renée Infelise, who, through her work, has led LGBTQ initiatives on campus and serves on North’s Diversity and Inclusion Council for Equity. The Council was created in 2016 and supports and advocates for the vision and values around diversity.

“This acknowledgment is one step of many that creates synergies amongst students, faculty, staff and administration so that we can all work towards the common goal of creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive, campus here at North,” Fisher said.

Campus Pride
Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at CampusPride.org.

For the last decade, Campus Pride continues to be the most trusted, reliable educational resource for students and families to find the best campuses for LGBTQ inclusion and safety. The organization works alongside students, faculty, staff and administrators at 1400+ campuses annually to help support and improve the quality of campus life for LGBTQ people.

Learn more online at campuspride.org

Posted on: October 2nd, 2018 at 15:56:16

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