By Meleah Maynard
The nonprofit organization Campus Pride has named the University of Minnesota one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students for the fourth consecutive year. The U scored 4.5 out of 5 in factors that ranged from institutional support and campus life to recruitment and retention efforts.
Many different parts of the University played a role in the campus’ top rating, says Stef Wilenchek, director of the University’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office. “Our campus offers transgender-inclusive health insurance, which many colleges and universities don’t, and we have a resource center, a student cultural center, alumni groups, an LGBTQ studies program, and an LGBTQ living space called Lavender House, as well as an anti-discrimination policy that covers sexual orientation,” Wilenchek explains.