Wichita State earns near-perfect score in national Pride Index


Wichita State University has earned a near-perfect score for its support and inclusion of LGBTQ students from Pride Index, which is a national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to create safer, more inclusive campus communities.

On a scale of one to five, Wichita State earned a rating of 4.5 stars.

“This score reflects the intentional work of not only the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), but of the entire university to be a supportive and inclusive campus for LGBTQ+ students,” said Alicia Sanchez, director of ODI.

Pride Index rates universities in eight categories in reference to LGBTQ students: policy inclusion, support and institutional commitment, academic life, student life, housing and residence hall life, campus safety, counseling and health, and recruitment and retention.

Sanchez said the Pride Index ranking can be an indicator to help future students decide to enroll at Wichita State.

“This ranking helps prospective students learn about our institutional commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusive policies, programs and practices,” she said. “While we have a high ranking, it’s important to note, the work does not stop. It’s ongoing and there is always room for improvement.”

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