William Paterson University is nationally recognized among the top LGBTQ-friendly campuses in 2022 by the Campus Pride Index, a national listing of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. WP received a score of 4.5 out of a possible 5.
The Campus Pride Index is an overall indicator of institutional commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policies, programs and practices.
“I am delighted and proud to report that the University received this national recognition,” says Miki Cammarata, vice president for student development. “William Paterson has a long-standing commitment to welcoming, affirming, celebrating and supporting our LGBTQ students and allies. This designation serves as great recognition of that work and identifies opportunities for growth.”
“This score was made possible through the support of the University’s leadership team, the contributions and longstanding work of faculty, staff, and alumni and a desire and willingness to bolster LGBTQIA best practices,” says Yolany Gonell, director for student diversity and inclusion.
Among the factors that led to the LGBTQ-friendly designation are the University’s inclusive policies, gender-neutral housing, student conduct policies, health insurance options, and practices for pronouns and preferred names, explains Gonell.
In recent years, William Paterson introduced LGBTQ student support groups, training for students and faculty, and a Lavendar Graduation Ceremony. Additionally, the Student Government Association has allocated funding for its LGBTQIA Pride Celebration for more than 10 years.
The Campus Pride Index is a national assessment tool assisting campuses in improving safety and campus climate for people who are LGBTQ and ultimately helps shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people.