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August 30, 2021

Best of the best: K-State among top LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities

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2021 Campus Pride ranking

Kansas State University is among the top 30 campuses in six regions selected for its institutional support and commitment to LGBTQ inclusion in policy, program and practice. 

For the fifth consecutive year, Campus Pride lists Kansas State University as one of its Best of the Best LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The university is the only school in Kansas to be included in the listing and is one of the more than 435 campuses that are part of the Campus Pride index. 

"It is a tremendous honor for K-State to continue to be nationally recognized for being a university where our LGBTQ+ students can thrive as their authentic selves," said Thomas Lane, vice president for student life and dean of students. "Though this recognition is a result of many supportive faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni, I am especially grateful for Dr. Brandon Haddock’s leadership of the LGBT Resource Center and the impactful efforts of our LGBTQ+ student leaders in helping our university be a more inclusive and affirming campus for all."

In addition to the ranking, the university earned the highest rating of five stars on the Campus Pride index because it meets LGBTQ-inclusive benchmarks regarding policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing and residence life, campus safety, counseling and health, and recruitment and retention efforts. Noted in the listing is the university's LGBT Resource Center, which promotes equity, respect and social justice through programs, outreach and education. 

"It is always an honor to be recognized by peers and organizations as a leader in providing an open and affirming campus community. The students, faculty, staff and administration all contribute to the success of the LGBT Resource Center and the success of our LGBTQ students," said Brandon Haddock, LGBT Resource Center coordinator. "I especially want to recognize our Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Gender Collective, and oSTEM organizations as leaders of change for our campus."

Read more about K-State's LGBT Resource Center.