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Ohio University selected among 100 best campuses for LGBT students

ATHENS, Ohio (August 4, 2006) -- Ohio University has been selected as one of the 100 best campuses for LGBT students by ?The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students,? a comprehensive guide that recognizes the top 100 LGBT-friendly campuses in the United States. The guide hit newsstands on Aug. 1.

?We are extremely proud that Ohio University was selected and recognized as an LGBT-friendly campus,? said Mickey Hart, assistant director of campus life for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Programs. ?We have worked to create a positive environment for all of our students and this distinction emphasizes the importance of providing necessary support to meet all students? needs, including LGBT students.? 

Ohio University?s selection was based on its positive environment, programs and services and LGBT student coalitions.

?While this honor is most welcomed, we will not become complacent,? Hart said. ?Diversity is currently a top priority for Ohio University. As an institution of higher learning, we can always become even more welcoming, knowledgeable and supportive of LGBT and other diverse student populations.?

Campus PrideNet, the leading national organization for LGBT and ally student leaders, with support from a team of expert LGBT professionals from the National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education, created its list after studying institutional policies, commitment and support, academic life, housing, student life, counseling and health services, campus safety and recruitment and retention efforts.

?As a campus that strives to be welcoming to and supportive of all students, we?re honored to be recognized,? said Dean of Students Terry Hogan.

For more information about Campus PrideNet or to order a copy of ?The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students,? visit www.campuspride.net.

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