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U-M ranks high for LGBT students

U-M has been recognized as one of the 20 best campuses for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and will be 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.

The University's positive environment, programs and services and LGBT student coalitions were cited as cause for the distinction.

The book profiles 100 colleges and universities across the country that offer resources and create a positive living and learning environment for LGBT students. U-M will be featured as one of the Best of the Best Top 20.

"We are extremely honored that our campus was selected and recognized as an LGBT-friendly campus," says Jackie Simpson, director of the Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Affairs, housed in the Division of Student Affairs. "Our campus leaders have worked tirelessly to create a positive environment for all of our students and this distinction emphasizes the importance of providing necessary support to meet all students' needs—including LGBT students," says Gabe Javier, assistant director of the office.

Campus PrideNet, the leading national organization for LGBT students, with support from a team of expert 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 campuses.

After receiving nominations from 680 campuses and conducting more than 5,500 online interviews, the 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 list is broken down into multiple indexes such as region, state, type of institution and size. Individual campus profiles include information on size, tuition, admission application deadlines, gay-affirmative policies, events, LGBT student groups and resources, housing for LGBT students and more.

"The Best of the Best Top 20 listing features the LGBT pioneers of progress at institutions of higher education," says Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus PrideNet and author of the guide. "Whether public or private, these campuses have fought long and hard for LGBT students ... and today you can see the results—a welcoming, respectful, civic-minded campus climate for LGBT students."

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