UNL recently hired a Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, further exemplifying the commitment and importance of diversity & inclusion at UNL. We are continuing to expand our inclusion to all underrepresented identity populations, including LGBTQA+ individuals, while recognizing the importance of working at the intersections of identities. With the transitions taking place, the Director is included in the Student Affairs Senior Team and Directors meetings and retreats, which helps further give voice and amplify the voices of LGBTQA+ individuals. We have a diversity officer that works at the system-wide level, who also works to further diversity and inclusion for people of all gender identities and orientations, which has included the development of a system-wide manual for employees and webinars and other programming addressing LGBTQA+ identities and issues. The creation of the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Gender & Sexual Minorities was established (as of January 2019), which now joins the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on the Status of People of Color. A further sign of progress, is the three commissions working together. We have some great allies, advocates and collaborative partners on campus helping to continue to create the change we want to see in our world!
LGBTQ Student Opportunities
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Commitment to LGBTQ Issues
The LGBTQA+ center is the heart of the Q-munity at UNL! We provide 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 student support fund. We also have a funded once a year social justice internship, funded by an alum. We have a peer mentor program, a library, provide presentations & workshops, have a hangout space & work collaboratively with campus departments, student & community groups. We also provide educational outreach through our use of social media. We have gender inclusive housing options, chosen name option & students can change their gender marker on records with a driver's license or passport. We have great partners, involvement opportunities, multiple student groups, and development opportunities. SOGI is 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 now has an assistant director; and we provide educational presentations & workshops by request on and off campus. Involvement on campus is encouraged and visibility has improved. For many students, UNL is the most progressive environment they have been in and is reflected in our being chosen as the best college/university in Nebraska for LGBTQ students in 2019!
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 & current undergraduate student staff member
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
LGBTQA+ Trivia Night & Mixer
18th Annual LGBTQA+ History Month Dinner!
It's a Royal 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||4 of 5|
|Gender Identity/Expression Score||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Policy Inclusion||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Academic Life||3.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Student Life||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life||3 of 5|
|LGBTQ Campus Safety||3.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Counseling & Health||3.5 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|