Texas Tech University is committed to strengthening the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community, as well as serving our ally community.
LGBTQ Student Opportunities
Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community. The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate.
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.
Commitment to LGBTQ Issues
The Office of LGBTQIA at Texas Tech University serves the community through facilitation and leadership of programming and advocacy efforts. This work serves to strengthen the inclusivity of our campus and greater community for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and other intersecting identities that we hold. Structured within two separate, but collaborative areas of the University, Student Affairs: Center for Campus Life and the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, the Office educates the University community on issues prevalent to the lives of LGBTQIA people. An inclusive educational environment is key to student success and the productivity and job satisfaction of our faculty and staff.
Why you'll love Texas Tech University
"I was nervous to move to conservative West Texas. I feared that my students and colleagues would find my sexuality objectionable and that I would struggle to find LGBT+ friends and allies on campus. Fortunately, Texas Tech has proven far more welcoming to the LGBT+ community than I expected. Events like the Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit demonstrate that Texas Tech is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for our community and serves as an example for other colleges and universities."
— 38-year-old gay male, tenured faculty
"The Office of LGBTQIA has been a welcoming beckon of light, beaming thru the dust storms of our West Texas town. It has been a pleasure to witness a renewed enthusiastic energy with in our students, faculty and staff but also our alumni. I look forward to the calendar of events each semester, knowing that I will find a unique, exciting and educational experience."
— Queer female, staff
"Texas Tech has a support system that is larger than expected. We promote our students to be able to express themselves comfortably and happily. Whilst some may see certain aspects of it as a negative, the good outweighs the bad. Our campus is only as good as you make it, so if you come in with the positivity, it will always be reciprocated with smiles, open arms, and love."
— 20 year old, gay male, junior
"As an openly gay graduate student, I've found acceptance on and off campus. I can honestly say that I've never felt held back, or set apart from others, because of who I am. During undergrad at Tech, I was elected to be an officer for my student org; served in student government; and even went as a guy's date to his fraternity formal. Additionally, I'm pleased to report that this open-mindedness extends to the graduate level. The law school is sending three students to an LGBT conference this summer, and I've found professors and students alike to be very accepting."
— 22-year-old, gay male, 2nd-year law student
"Texas Tech has been very supportive. It is lovely to work somewhere where I can be myself without worrying. The opportunities to be part of the campus LGBTQIA community make me feel welcome and connected. The atmosphere on campus is inviting and supportive. I feel lucky to be a part of Texas Tech’s LGBTQIA community."
— 31 year old, queer nonbinary, staff member
Highlights & Organizations
Pride Week: Held annually to celebrate the LGBTQIA community at Texas Tech
Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit
LGBTQIA Brunch and Townhall
Families and Friends of LGBTQIA Mixer
Groups & activities
Overall Campus Pride Index Score
The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015.
The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.
Texas Tech University
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors
|Sexual Orientation Score||4.5 of 5|
|Gender Identity/Expression Score||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Policy Inclusion||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Academic Life||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Student Life||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life||2 of 5|
|LGBTQ Campus Safety||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Counseling & Health||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts||4.5 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|