San Diego State University has once again been selected as a top LGBT-friendly university.
For the sixth year in a row, the Campus Pride Index ranked SDSU as one of the best 25 universities in the country serving LGBT students. SDSU’s high-ranking achievement stems from the multitude of resources and support for LGBT students on campus.
The Campus Pride Index is based in research on policy, program and practice and is conducted for and by LGBTQ experts in the field of higher education. Each campus updates their index annually and uses the Campus Pride benchmarking tool to make improvements for LGBTQ life on campus. Many of these campuses are specifically addressing recruitment and academic retention efforts for LGBTQ students as well as concerns for transgender student safety, as reflected by their willingness to be the first campuses to take the updated assessment.
Each year SDSU hosts a Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony at the beginning of San Diego Pride Week to jumpstart the week of LGBT-friendly festivities.
SDSU opened The Pride Center, which creates, sustains, and strengthens an open, inclusive, safe and affirming gathering space and campus environment for persons of all sexual and gender identities and their allies. The goal of the center is to foster campus-wide dialogue about education, awareness, intellectual exploration, understanding and research on issues related to sexuality and gender.
The Pride Center provides resources and support services to assist students in their process of sexual and gender self-identity development and to address the unique needs and challenges of students who may experience discrimination, alienation, disenfranchisement, harassment, intimidation or other barriers to student success as a result of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
SafeZones@SDSU works to ensure a campus atmosphere that is welcoming, informative, educational, and safe for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the campus community.
SDSU was the second university in the nation and the first in California to offer an undergraduate degree in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies. The university has offered a minor in LGBT studies since 2009 and the major began in 2012.