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UTD Named One of ‘Best of the Best’ by Campus Pride

For the third consecutive year, The University of Texas at Dallas has been recognized as one of the nation’s “Best of the Best” colleges and universities for LGBTQ+ students.

UT Dallas was one of only two universities in the Southwest and 40 in the U.S. to make Campus Pride’s 2022 Best of the Best list. UTD earned five out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index, a benchmarking tool measuring LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices, for the fourth consecutive year.

Dr. Yvette E. Pearson, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion at UTD, credited the staff of the Galerstein Gender Center for helping UT Dallas become a safer and more welcoming environment.

“The leadership Matthew Winser-Johns and his team have shown in advancing equity for our LGBTQ+ campus community is exemplary,” Pearson said. “It is a critical component of the University’s efforts to be a place where members of the community from all backgrounds are welcomed, treated fairly and encouraged in their pursuit of excellence.”

Winser-Johns, the center’s director, said support across campus has made the recognition possible.

“The LGBTQ+ community at UT Dallas is so incredible, resilient and strong. I’m continually proud of our campus community for everyone’s commitment to affirming all LGBTQ+ people in their work, classroom and activities,” Winser-Johns said.

The center offers a range of resources and support for the LGBTQ community, including SAFE ZONE Ally training, LGBT & Ally Services+,  Alternative Spring Break and Lavender Graduation. UT Dallas also offers services to the LGBTQ community through the Student Counseling Center and gender inclusive housing.

In June, BestColleges, in partnership with Campus Pride, ranked UT Dallas the 14th-best college in the nation for LGBTQ+ students.

Source | UT Dallas News Center


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