UWM named ‘Top 50 LGBT+-Friendly University’

Jen Murray (standing, center-right)is one of the campus leaders who have worked to make UWM an LGBT-friendly community.

Jen Murray (standing, center-right) is one of the campus leaders who have worked to make UWM an LGBT+-friendly community.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has been recognized as one of the top 50 LGBT+-friendly colleges and universities for 2014, and the only university in Wisconsin to make the list according to Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization working to develop resources and support for LGBTQIA+ students nationwide.

UWM achieved this ranking by obtaining a five-star rating and reaching the uppermost percentages within eight LGBT+-friendly standards that include policy, program and practice.

“I am thrilled that UW-Milwaukee is being recognized for our stellar advocacy, visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to LGBT+-identified students,” said Director of UWM LGBT+ Resource Center Jen Murray.

“The efforts by so many people on campus to achieve this recognition are greatly appreciated,” said UWM Interim Chancellor Mark Mone.  “This is an important accomplishment as we aspire to become a best place to learn and work for students, faculty and staff.  UWM is deeply committed to a culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion in everything we do.”

University administration work alongside the UWM LGBT+ Resource Center to create a safe, inclusive and inviting campus for LGBT+ students and LGBT+ allies. Since 2010, UWM has held a Lavender Graduation ceremony, and in 2014, UWM celebrated 31 new lavender graduates. The University’s College of Letters & Science is home to a successful LGBT+ Studies program. In 2013 UWM University Housing established the first LGBT+ student residence (inclusive housing option) in the University of Wisconsin System.

“I am Panther Proud to be part of the amazing community at UWM that is being celebrated for its meaningful LGBT+ work,” Murray said.

The Campus Pride Index is based in research on policy, programs and practice and is conducted “for and by” LGBT+ experts working in higher education.

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 university. To view the full list and for more information, visit http://www.campuspride.org.