Carleton ranked in LGBT top 100 campus guide

Carleton College has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Campuses for LGBT students and is included in “The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students,” the first comprehensive campus guide to highlight the 100 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the United States.

Carleton’s positive environment, programs, and services and LGBT student coalitions were cause for the distinction. “Carleton is a wonderful place, and this honor highlights all the work campus leaders and alumni have done to make sure that LGBT students do not only survive but thrive here,” says Gender and Sexuality Center director and LGBT advisor Kaaren M. Williamsen-Garvey.

The book, which was released August 1, profiles 100 colleges and universities from across the country that offer resources and create a positive living and learning environment for LGBT students. Campus PrideNet, the leading national organization for LGBT and ally student leaders, with support from expert LGBT professionals from the National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education, developed the criteria and a questionnaire for nominations to gather feedback from current LGBT students, faculty and staff regarding personal experiences and opinions about their campus.

After receiving nominations from 680 campuses and conducting more than 5,500 online interviews, 100 campuses were selected for the book based on institutional policies, commitment and support, academic life, housing, student life, counseling and health services, campus safety, and recruitment and retention efforts.

“The top 100 colleges and universities profiled in ‘The Advocate College Guide’ lead the way for the rest of higher education to be LGBT-friendly,” says Shane L. Windmeyer, the guide’s author and executive director of Campus PrideNet. “These campuses take to heart the value of supporting all students.”

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