Campus Pride

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Campus Pride
Campus Pride
Formation 1 September 2001; 15 years ago (2001-09-01)
Type 501(c)(3)
Legal status nonprofit educational foundation
Purpose Support & Services for LGBT & Allied College/University Students and/or Campus Organizations
Headquarters Charlotte, North Carolina
 United States of America
Region served
College/University Students
Executive Director
Shane Windmeyer

Campus Pride is an American national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by M. Chad Wilson, Sarah E. Holmes and Shane L. Windmeyer in 2001[1] which serves lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and Ally student leaders and/or Campus Organization in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBT-friendly colleges and universities.[2][unreliable source?]


Campus Pride is a national educational organization for LGBT and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities

The organization describes itself as a volunteer-driven network for and by student leaders. Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of LGBT prejudice, bigotry and hate.[3] It works to develop student leaders, campus networks and future actions to create such positive change.


The work the organization is involved in includes but is not limited to:

LGBT-Friendly College Fair Program and Campus Climate Index[edit]

Campus Pride organizes college fairs, to allow prospective students to meet with college representatives.[4] Additionally in response to the need for tools and resources to support campuses in assessing LGBT-Friendly policies, programs and practices, Campus Pride in conjunction with a team of national LGBT researchers including Brett Genny Beemyn, Ph.D, Susan R. Rankin, Ph.D. and Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S, Ed. developed the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index.[5][6] In 2012 Campus Pride issued its first "Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges And Universities" list which ranked the most welcoming and inclusive places for LGBT students and allies go to college.[7][8]

National LGBT Scholarship Database[edit]

Campus Pride, working in partnership with the Point Foundation, began the National LGBT Scholarship Database in February 2014. This initiative was taken to raise awareness of the opportunities offered by academic institutions to fund the education of LGBT students.

Voice & Action National Leadership Award[edit]

Campus Pride established the Voice & Action National Leadership Award, America's only national award for "the work of undergraduate college students who are creating positive change for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and ally issues".[9]

Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp[edit]

Campus Pride organizes an annual Summer Leadership Camp for LGBT and Ally college students. The five-day camp experience works to develop stronger undergraduate student leaders and safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. Participants have the opportunity to learn valuable campus organizing skills, coalition building and strategies for creating change at colleges and universities.[10][11]

Lambda 10 Project[edit]

Main article: Lambda 10 Project

The Lambda 10 Project is a National Clearinghouse for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Fraternity & Sorority Issues works to heighten the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the college fraternities/sororities by serving as a clearinghouse for educational resources and educational materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience.[12][13]


Campus Pride partners with other LGBT-Friendly Organizations year-round to host events including, but not limited to:

Out and Greek Institute for LGBT & Ally Fraternity & Sorority Leaders[edit]

In 2013, Campus Pride, in a partnership with the Point Foundation, hosted its first annual "Out and Greek Institute." It became the first conference "for LGBT and ally fraternity and sorority leaders to share, network and learn strategies to create safer, more LGBT inclusive fraternity and sorority communities."[14]

LGBT-Friendly Online College Fair[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Levy-Prewitt, Joanne (22 October 2006). "College bound: A weekly guide to higher education". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Monica (12 November 2007). "East Coast GLBT National College Admission Fair". TransGriot. Retrieved 4 December 2009. For out college bound GLBT students, choosing the right campus for them can be a trying experience. Fortunately there's a 501c3 organization called Campus Pride that wants to not only help students find the perfect college, but help create a safer learning atmosphere for them as well. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Campus Pride. Campus Pride, Inc. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  4. ^ Cassels, Peter (29 September 2009). "Boston hosts LGBT-friendly college fair". EDGE Publications, Inc. Retrieved 4 December 2009. "Our goal is to offer our national fair program in every region of the country in the next two years," Shane Windmeyer, the organization’s executive director and author of an LGBT student college guide, told EDGE. 
  5. ^ "About Index". LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index. Campus Pride, Inc. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Adam, Seth (13 August 2009). "Campus Pride Condemns Princeton Review's Reporting on LGBT Friendly Colleges". GLAAD Blog. Retrieved 4 December 2009. The criteria that Princeton Review used to determine the best LGBT acceptance at colleges was not based on significant LGBT student opinions or research related to inclusive LGBT policies, programs, or practices as one might expect. 
  7. ^ Beemyn, Genny (2012-08-15). "The Top 10 Trans-Friendly Colleges and Universities". Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  8. ^ "Cris the Mascot (THATS ME) starts to BLOG! ROAR! | Campus Pride| The leading national organization for LGBT student leaders and campus groups". Campus Pride. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  9. ^ Rothaus, Steve (18 November 2008). "College group seeks gay young-adult leaders for national award". Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida. The Miami Herald. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp". Campus Pride. Campus Pride, Inc. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "A Budding Activist Is Already Teaching Some Old Dogs New Tricks". Bialogue. 9 August 2008. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Meeting with leaders of national LGBT organizations inspired me to be more involved in the LGBT movement and gave me the skills to do so effectively. 
  12. ^ "National Clearinghouse for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Fraternity & Sorority Issues". Lambda 10 Project. Campus Pride, Inc. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  13. ^ Kaczorowski, Craig (12 February 2004). "Fraternities and Sororities". glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture. glbtq, Inc. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2009. 
  14. ^ Pons, Kevin (14 January 2014). "Attending Leadership Conferences". Sigma Pi. Sigma Pi Fraternity International. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

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