Important transitions exemplify UNL’s commitment to creating a more inclusive campus. An important shift has been moving the LGBTQA+ Center under the Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion umbrella and my title becoming Director of the LGBTQA+ Center instead of serving as the Director of the Center. An example is the vigil we held the day after Orlando. Two graduate students contacted me and wanted to organize a vigil, which took place the next day. Speakers included the Mayor of Lincoln, the diversity chair from ASUN (student government), Lauren (one of the organizing graduate students), myself (Center Director), Chancellor Green, Vice Chancellor Franco, and President of the University of Nebraska system, Hank Bounds. All attended and spoke. The resource center continues to be incorporated into campus life routinely & we continue to make progress with more intentional LGBTQA+ inclusion. When diversity is talked about, SOGI is now part of that conversation. The concept of intersectionality is becoming recognized. In 2016, we hosted the Consortium for LGBT Resource Professionals in Higher Education for a daylong institute (that went very well). I serve on a diversity and inclusion council for the Athletic Department and a diversity summit was organized for student athletes and staff addressing multiple identities and inclusion. We continue to move forward!
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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues
The LGBTQA+ center provides a variety of programming, services, outreach, resources & advocacy. We host annual events that include a history month dinner, drag shows, Lavender Graduation & the Chancellor's Awards, and provide an annual Scholarship and emergency fund. We have a peer mentor program, a speaker’s bureau, library, hangout space & work collaboratively with campus departments, student & community groups. We have a gender inclusive housing option, chosen name option & students can change their gender marker on records with a driver's license or passport. We have great partners, involvement opportunities, student groups, and development opportunities. Sexual orientation and gender identity are included in our non-discrimination policy, student trans health care insurance and a Trans Care Clinic are available. We have an LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor; and Athletics is part of LGBT SportsSafe. The center has grown and includes safe space, ally development, brave space, and social justice supporter workshops, cards & materials. We have out & allied individuals & organizations, and the shift toward a more intentional inclusive approach is noticeable. We have supporters on campus and off. Involvement on campus is encouraged and visibility has improved. For many students, UNL is the most progressive environment they have been in! While we still have a ways to go, we have made progress!
Why you'll love University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Campus is generally welcoming with positive people and great faculty. For NE it's very welcoming & UNL has a very supportive queer community. Being involved in the center has been a very positive, enriching experience for me.
— Incoming student, Center Volunteer and current undergraduate student staff membe
For the most part I feel comfortable on campus, especially knowing other LGBTQA+ students, staff, and faculty, and that there are queer-positive spaces available. The Center helps a lot so folks have a place to get information and resources, know how to get involved, and just knowing the center is here helps a lot.
— Junior, Trans Man,
"Even though we don't have the most diverse campus community, the community we do have supports each other no matter what."
— 21 year old junior
"When I first came to UNL I was scared that I would struggle as a trans student, but you and the rest of the people at the LGBT+ resource center have been an incredible help and I've felt more supported here than any other time in my life."
— Trans student, sophomore, Actuarial Science major
"My college is super LGBT + friendly also, so if you're stuck on where to go, consider UNL as an option. They have great programs."
— Posted on Instagram by Trans student
Highlights & Organizations
Everyday Heroes! 16th Annual LGBTQA+ History Month Dinner!
Heroes & Villains Drag Show!
Lavender Graduation & The Chancellor's Awards
Groups & activities
Overall Campus Pride Index Score
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University of Nebraska - Lincoln
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors
|Sexual Orientation Score||3.5 of 5|
|Gender Identity/Expression Score||3.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Policy Inclusion||3.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Academic Life||3 of 5|
|LGBTQ Student Life||3.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life||2.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Campus Safety||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Counseling & Health||3 of 5|
|LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts||3.5 of 5|
LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
|Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation|
|Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression|
|Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner|
|Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents|
|Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents|
|Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms|
|Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms|
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
|Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students|
|Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services|
|Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone|
|Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people|
|Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues|
|LGBTQ alumni group|
LGBTQ Academic Life
|LGBTQ studies program|
|LGBTQ specific course offerings|
|Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship|
|New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues|
|New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues|
|LGBTQ faculty/staff organization|
LGBTQ Student Life
|LGBTQ & Ally student organization|
|LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization|
|LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority|
|Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities|
|Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues|
|Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people|
|LGBTQ-inclusive career services|
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
|LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community|
|Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate|
|Gender-inclusive housing for new students|
|Gender-inclusive housing for returning students|
|Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing|
|Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing|
|Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns|
LGBTQ Campus Safety
|Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes|
|Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention|
|Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization|
|Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues|
|Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues|
|Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence|
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
|LGBTQ counseling/support groups|
|Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff|
|Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing|
|LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available|
|Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services|
|Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy|
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention
|Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs|
|LGBTQ student scholarships|
|LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life|
|Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies|
|Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources|