Adelphi University has been named to Campus Pride’s annual Best of the Best Colleges and Universities for LGBTQ+ Students in the United States for creating a safe, welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff alike. The announcement from Campus Pride features 40 four-year campuses from across the country who have achieved 5 out of 5 stars on the Campus Pride Index.
“Being recognized by Campus Pride as the Best of the Best is a tremendous honor,” said Anna Zinko, assistant vice president for student affairs. “It is an affirmation of the efforts of the faculty, staff and students across Adelphi’s campus who have dedicated their time, energy and passion to ensure that Adelphi is inclusive and supportive of our LGBTQIA+ community members.”
Shane Windmeyer, Campus Pride executive director said of the achievement that, “Students, prospective students, and their families, along with faculty and staff members, deserve to know whether they will be safe on campus, so they can make the best choices for their own academic success-and by creating inclusive, safe environments these colleges are taking responsibility for all students.”
Adelphi’s latest effort to further support its LGBTQIA+ community will be the opening of its new Multicultural Center this fall. The Center’s staff will include a coordinator dedicated to providing programming, education and support for the LGBTQIA+ community on Adelphi’s campus.
In addition to being a hub for cultural activities and celebrations on campus, it is a place where all students, and especially BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, international students, and first-generation students from underrepresented groups can feel especially at home.
“The work Campus Pride does every day to foster safer, more welcoming campuses across the country is creating positive change for students, staff, and faculty, as this year’s Best of the Best list reflects that with 40 colleges represented, up from 30 last year,” said Tom Elliott, Campus Pride board chair.
“At a time when LGBTQ+ rights and other civil rights are under assault in states across the country, including Texas and Florida, it is as important as ever to recognize the campuses in these states working to create spaces where the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders can learn and flourish,” he said.
— Karina Kovac