Antioch College confidently and joyfully champions LGBTQ people and issues. In these turbulent times when LGBTQIA rights face relentless challenges, we stand firmly committed to creating an environment where every individual–across gender identities or sexual orientations–can not only flourish but also be empowered to thrive academically, socially, and personally. Our policies, programs, and resources promote equality, equity, and justice. This builds on the progress we've made as a society. It is also our duty to live up to our values and meet the needs of our community: Over three-quarters of our students identify as LGBTQIA+, and 100% of our community is committed to inclusion and belonging. At Antioch College, we understand that now, more than ever, it's crucial to celebrate diversity and inclusivity to strengthen our community and enrich the educational experience for all. In the face of injustice, we stand in unwavering solidarity with the LGBTQ community, forging ahead with courage and determination to create a brighter, more inclusive future for everyone. We know that together, we are a force that cannot be deterred, united in our commitment to justice and equity.
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
Antioch College is dedicated to providing an inclusive community for LGBTQIA+ and ally students. At the core of our campus is "The Queer Center," a student-driven hub offering on-campus spaces and events for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and passionate allies. Here, our community unites to address LGBTQ issues, forming a robust network of support and activism. We prioritize using chosen gender pronouns and names campus-wide, including their formal recognition at Commencement. Gender-free housing options and an all-gender restroom policy are available, ensuring access aligned with gender identity. Our unique campus culture boasts over 80% LGBTQIA+ student representation, fostering belonging and understanding. We celebrate diverse identities, creating an atmosphere of acceptance and celebration. Antioch College hosts various engaging events throughout the year. These include activities focused on gender identity, performance, sex positivity, healthy practices, and consent education. Our commitment to LGBTQIA+ students and allies is a source of immense pride. We strive to create an environment where individuals can truly be themselves and actively contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society.
Why you'll love Antioch College
Antioch has helped me become more of who I’ve always wanted to be and helped me figure myself out and having a really strong community around me, especially being a really queer friendly campus I think without Antioch it would have taken me a lot longer to figure myself out.
— Lola B. ’22
This is the gayest campus ever!
— Pamela I. '24
Everyone I know here is gay, at least a little bit.
— Everest W. '26
Antioch is the only place I've ever felt I can explore my identity without judgement.
— Jamison W. '24
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.
Note: Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to research current state laws for any college/university you are considering. The Campus Pride Index is updated annually and only measures current campus policies, programs and practices. Find information about state laws targeting the LGBTQ+ population on the Movement Advancement Project’s Equality Maps at lgbtmap.org/equality-maps.
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||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Student Life||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Campus Safety||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Counseling & Health||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts||4 of 5|
|Sections greyed out mean the campus does not offer those services|
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|