UW-Eau Claire once again named best in state for LGBTQ+ student support

| Denise Olson

Our message to prospective students is clear — if you choose to attend UW-Eau Claire, you will become part of a campus where your academic and personal growth and success is our mission, where the student experience drives policy and decision making. If our students don't feel the support they need to reach their potential, we fail them.

A recent ranking is a good indicator that we're getting better at including all students in that level of support.

For the second consecutive year, LGTBQ+ students can look to UW-Eau Claire as the best college in the state for comprehensive support for their unique student journeys.

Best Colleges.com and Campus Pride have once again joined forces to rank colleges across the country and within each state, naming UW-Eau Claire as the Best College in the State of Wisconsin for LGBTQ students. BestColleges.com is a recognized national publisher of college rankings and other student resources, and Campus Pride is the country’s leading nonprofit organization working to create more LGBTQ+-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities.

Christopher Jorgenson head shot.

Christopher Jorgenson, director of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center at UW-Eau Claire

Christopher Jorgenson, director of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, looks to this latest ranking as an excellent sign that campus and policy are moving in the right direction, cautioning that much work remains to be done.

"Throughout my tenure as Gender & Sexuality Resource Center director, UW-Eau Claire has consistently supported the goal of ensuring our LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff feel represented and included. Rankings such as these do not serve as confirmation that we’ve reached some ultimate pinnacle of LGBTQ+ advocacy; rather, they are indications that we are on the right track," Jorgenson said.

Jorgenson sees this recognition as fuel to further the efforts of his office and all of campus in advocating for all LGBTQ+ people, especially those who are also people of color, people with disabilities (visible and invisible), who are immigrants, refugees or undocumented, and people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, ages and religions.

"It is my hope that, amidst a national political landscape saturated with white supremacy, misogyny, xenophobia and virulent anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment, UW-Eau Claire will continue to engage in critical self-reflection, so as to realize its institutional commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.”

If you are interested in more information about the programming of the GSRC, contact Chris Jorgenson at jorgencj@uwec.edu.

For more details about the work of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center and recent recognition the office has received, and to hear from students on this topic, see the following previously published stories from 2018: