Earned a 4.5 rating
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2015) — Campus Pride has named the University of Louisville the friendliest school in the South for LGBT. UofL, which received a five-star ranking in 2013 and 2014, earned a 4.5 ranking this year. For 2015, the index upgraded and expanded its requirements, causing UofL to fall slightly but to continue a strong showing as one of the top 31 schools in the rankings.
“Our ranking dropped a half-point when the index was revamped for 2015 to include more factors,” said Brian Buford, assistant provost for diversity and director of the UofL LGBT Center. “But even though the bar was set higher, UofL rose to many of those new challenges and will continue to work to achieve lasting change. In reality, we are now part of an even more elite group of schools than when we were a five-star campus.”
One of the items that contributed to UofL’s continued high ranking was the School of Medicine’s groundbreaking pilot program to enhance its curriculum with training in LGBT health care concerns. The pilot is the first in the nation. Another was UofL’s Lavender Graduation, honoring achievements of LGBTQ undergraduate and graduate students receiving degrees.
Among the items on Index 2.0 that the LGBT Center will start exploring as next steps are finding easier ways to change gender markers on university records; encouraging stronger LGBT participation in fraternity/sorority life; and developing trans health benefits for students, Buford said.
Other schools to achieve a 4.5-star ranking this year were Maryland, Wisconsin, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, New York University, Princeton and Cornell.