Widener Earns Four Stars in LGBT Campus Climate Index
Widener University scored four stars out of five in the latest LGBT-Friendly Campus
Climate Index, a national assessment tool for assisting campuses in improving the
environment for people on campus who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
The university scored five out of five stars—the highest rating possible—in the categories of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, LGBT student life and LGBT policy inclusion.
"Widener's rating is very encouraging and it's a testament to the commitment and work that the university community—including students, faculty, staff and administration—have put into making Widener among the top institutions in the state and the nation for LGBT students," said Dr. Marcine Pickron-Davis, chief community engagement and diversity officer at Widener.
The LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index is divided into eight factors including policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing and residence life, campus safety, counseling and health, and recruitment and retention efforts. Institutions taking the survey are also assigned a star ranking sexual orientation and gender identity/expression based on how respondents answered questions related to those topic areas.
In 2012, Widener launched the "We're All Widener" campaign to address the complexity of diversity at Widener. The campaign has three goals: 1) Create a framework for how Widener addresses diversity, 2) Educate faculty, staff, and students about how to take the pluralistic approach to diversity, and 3) Unify existing diversity efforts to create a more complex approach that has a greater reach and incorporates the key elements of pluralism.
The LGBT Campus Climate Index is administered by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students.
Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.