Campus Pride Index recently announced Montclair State University as a 2021 Best of the Best LGBTQ-friendly campus as a part of its National listing of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. MSU received a 5 out of 5 score.
Addressing MSU’s commitment to LGBTQ+ communities, The Campus Pride Index explained, “Montclair State has a dynamic queer and allied community and there are many ways to connect, including residing in our LGBTQ+ Residential Community, Stonewall Suites, and joining our weekly drop-in clubs and groups. The LGBTQ Center offers various workshops, programs, and leadership opportunities. Students can pursue academic majors and minors in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies. In addition to providing training opportunities for the campus community, like Safe Space, the LGBTQ center also train colleges, universities, and organizations all over the state through our Lavender Leader program.”
The outlet included testimonials from students of the LGBTQ+ community and allies on campus. “Montclair State University is not only an open and accepting school that welcomes all people onto its campus with open arms, but it is a haven for me and others to feel safe, supported, and loved. At Montclair State, queer and LGBT people are not only included, but they are celebrated by the faculty, staff, and the students who truly strive to maintain a positive and friendly campus climate. MSU is more than just an inclusive campus with programming, education, and events made specifically for a broad LGBTQ community, it is a home,” said a senior.
The Campus Pride Index also took the following factors into consideration before announcing the overall rating:
About The Campus Pride Index
The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policy, program, and practice. It provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate. The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country.
Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on the area of study, cost, location, type of campus, and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs, and practice for their college search.