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Nearly 50 Colleges Come Out to Recruit Gay Youth This Week

Posted by Kevin Bondelli on April 7, 2008

NEARLY FIFTY COLLEGES COME OUT TO RECRUIT GAY YOUTH AT NATIONAL GAY-FRIENDLY COLLEGE FAIR THIS WEEK
Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Penn among the diversified list of colleges

WHAT: Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Penn among the nearly fifty colleges who will be in attendance at the gay-friendly college fair hosted by Camps Pride this Friday, April 11 on the campus of University of California San Diego. The fair is designed specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and straight ally youth and their families who want to find campuses committed to LGBT people. The event is in coordination with the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index (www.campusclimateindex.org), the only online resource of its kind, which rates LGBT-friendliness at colleges and universities. More information online at www.campusclimateindex.org/events.

WHERE: Ballroom of the Price Center at University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093

WHEN: This Friday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHO: Nearly fifty colleges and universities from across the United States will be in attendance. In addition, expert presentations will take place throughout the day, which include “Finding Your LGBT-Friendly Campus” by Shane L. Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride; “The Pros and Cons of Selecting a United States Service Academy: The LGBT Experience” by the U.S. Naval Academy Out Alumni Group, “Navigating the College Admissions Process” by the UC San Diego Office for Admissions and Relations with Schools, “Point Foundation Scholarships” by Point Foundation staff, and “Financing your Education” by the UC San Diego department of Financial Aid.

WHY: According to Campus Pride, an increasing number of colleges and universities are openly recruiting LGBT students and are doing so for the first time ever. In addition, over 150 colleges and universities are reaching out to LGBT students through the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index (www.campusclimateindex.org). The fair and index are active ways for campuses to be out and proud in attracting LGBT student populations as well as increase enrollment with a seemingly “untapped” population. Even straight students are looking for LGBT-Friendly campuses. Isabel Galupo, a high school senior in Towson, Maryland who attended the first LGBT-friendly college fair this past December, said, “It was great to have my first college fair be one where I could ask important questions about myself as someone from the LGBT community. This type of college fair was also very important for me as I have two moms – I want to be at a college where I can feel comfortable about my family.”

HOW: The event is free and open to the public — LGBT and ally prospective students and their families. For more details, please visit www.campusclimateindex.org/events or contact Campus Pride at 704-277-6710 or info@campuspride.org.

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Believe InCampus Pride. Campus Pride is the leading national nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) for student leaders and campus organizations working to create safer, more LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to give “voice and action” in building future LGBT and ally leaders.

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