Campus Pride 2012 Annual Report

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Dear Campus Pride Supporter, On behalf of the Board of Directors and our volunteers, I am proud to share the Campus Pride 2012 Annual Report highlighting our work and achievements this past year.

As the founder and the executive director of Campus Pride, I am always appreciative of the student leaders and the volunteers that make our organization a success. Our continued growth in 2012 and an increased national profile are examples of this work.

In 2012, Campus Pride achieved many goals including the growth of the Campus Pride Index and Camp Pride; the publishing of the LGBTQ National College Athlete Report; and the national role in finding ‘common ground’ with Chick-fil-A. Campus Pride has witnessed tremendous success as a pioneering organization in higher education for LGBT issues. Our online tools and resources have transformed college campus communities, provided ongoing support for LGBT and ally young adult leadership and have led to successful advocacy for LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices.

Campus Pride concluded 2012 serving nearly 1,300 campus groups at various colleges and universities, including public, private, 2-year and 4-year campuses. Thousands of student leaders across the country joined our national network to make college campuses safer, more inclusive places for LGBT people.

From new publications to innovative projects, high-profile dialogues to transforming LGBT student retention efforts, Campus Pride continues to be the national leader on LGBT issues in higher education. This annual report shares some of those highlights of the year.

Thank you for your support of Campus Pride. Enjoy! Sincerely,

Shane Windmeyer Executive Director

Campus Pride 2012 Annual Report

Table of Contents Organization, Mission, Values & Vision

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Volunteer Staff

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Research Staff

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Campus Pride Board of Directors

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Executive Summary

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Monthly Reviews

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Campus Pride Strategic Plan, 2013-2014

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2012 Sponsors

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Organization, Mission, Values & Vision Overview: Founded in 2001 and launched a year later, Campus Pride began as an online community and resource clearinghouse called Campus PrideNet. In 2006, Campus PrideNet broadened its outreach efforts and restructured into the current organization known as Campus Pride. Our signature programs include Camp Pride summer leadership camp, first held in 2007; the Campus Pride Index of LGBT-friendly colleges, launched in 2008; the LGBT-Friendly National College Fair Program, created in 2008 and expanded since then; the Stop The Hate Bias & Hate Crime Prevention Program, created by Campus Pride Founder and Executive Director Shane Windmeyer in 2000; and the landmark Lambda 10 Project for LGBT inclusivity in fraternities and sororities, created by Windmeyer and Pamela Freeman in 1995. QRIHE, Campus Pride’s Q Research Institute for Higher Education, was founded in 2008 and provides ongoing research and analysis of LGBT issues affecting college campuses, informing each Campus Pride initiative.

Mission Statement: Campus Pride serves LGBT and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBT and ally student leaders.

Our Vision: Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of anti-LGBT prejudice, bigotry and hate. It works to develop student leaders, campus networks, and future actions to create such positive change.

Our Values: � � � � �

Utilizing the diverse talents of student leaders. Giving students a voice and action in leadership. Empowering student leaders for positive change in society. Building stronger LGBT and ally communities on college campuses. Celebrating and recognizing diversity.


Staff Shane L. Windmeyer Executive Director/Founder, Campus Pride Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed., is a leading author on gay campus issues, national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a champion for LGBT issues on college campuses. He is cofounder and executive director of Campus Pride, the only national organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. Released Fall 2006 by Alyson Books, Windmeyer is the author of The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the firstever college guide profiling the “100 Best LGBT-Friendly Campuses.” He is also the editor of Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities and co-editor of the books Inspiration for LGBT Students & Allies, Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity and Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian & Bisexual in a College Sorority.

Matt Comer Communications & Program Director, January-June 2012 Matt Comer is an LGBT and progressive journalist, blogger and activist and currently works as the editor of QNotes, the Charlotte-based LGBT community newspaper of the Carolinas. He briefly worked as the Communications and Program Director for Campus Pride during a break from the newspaper in the spring of 2012. Prior to moving to Charlotte to work for QNotes in October 2007, Comer worked and volunteered with a variety of LGBT organizations. He was a participant in the 2007 Soulforce Equality Ride, which visited 24 Christian colleges and universities across the country that openly discriminate against LGBT students and faculty. Comer’s essay on his upbringing in a conservative Baptist home and church was first published in 2008 and republished this fall in Mitchell Gold’s and Mindy Drucker’s anthology, Youth in Crisis: 40 Stories on Why Religion-Based Bigotry Against Gay People Must End Now. Comer attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 2004 to 2007 and is currently enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he is studying American history and politics.

Jess McDonald Media, Communications & Programs Manager, July 2012-Present Jess McDonald joined the Campus Pride staff in August 2012 after serving as the inaugural Camp Pride Summer Fellow during the summer of 2012. They attended Camp Pride summer leadership camp as a student in 2010 and returned as a Pride Leader in 2011 and 2012. McDonald graduated from Elon University in North Carolina in 2012 as an Honors Fellow and Lumen Scholar with degrees in Sociology and History and a minor in Women’s/Gender Studies. At Elon, McDonald was the president of the campus LGBTQ and ally student group and played an important role in bringing the first ever Gender and LGBTQ Center to Elon. Additionally, they organized on campus around (dis)ability issues and anti-LGBTQ state legislation known as Amendment One. McDonald also wrote an undergraduate Honors thesis on the history of LGBTQIA life at two North Carolina universities, collecting archival materials and interviewing alumni. McDonald is pursuing a M.Ed. in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst beginning in September 2013.

Tyler Medinger

Emily Helms

Leigh Dixon-Phillips

Ally V.E.R.S.

Adminstrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant


Virtual Email Response System


Volunteer Staff Nikita Burks Camp Pride Coordinator

Chris Bylone Voice & Action Award Coordinator

Jake Christensen LGBT-Friendly College Fair Coordinator

Laura Graving Alumni Network Coordinator

Greg Miraglia Stop the Hate Coordinator

Lisa Simmons-Barth Camp Pride Director

Research Staff Genny Beemyn Research Consultant, Campus Pride Index

Sue Rankin Research Consultant, Q Research Institute

Genevieve Weber Gilmore Research Consultant, Q Research Institute


Campus Pride Board of Directors John Witherington (Chairperson) Fixed Income Sales & Trading, Wells Fargo Securities John Witherington is a director in the fixed income sales and trading division of Wells Fargo Securities, where he has been employed since 2003. Based in Charlotte, NC, John trades residential mortgage-backed securities. Prior to trading, John worked a year in ABF origination, specializing in esoteric asset securitization. native of Memphis, TN, John is a 2003 graduate from Duke University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. degree in Economics. John serves as one of three Diversity Champions for Wells Fargo Securities as a founding member of the Development and Engagement Council. In addition to LGBT initiatives at work, John’s leadership includes campus recruiting, employee engagement, and mentorship. A strong supporter of the arts, John serves on the executive committee of the Charlotte Arts and Science Council’s Young Donor Society. He formerly served as chairman and founding board member of the NODA School of Arts, a Charlotte-based non-profit that provides arts education to underserved youth. John has also served as the president of Charlotte Succession, a highly-selective organization committed to community outreach and leadership development for its 65 members.

Christian Wiggins (Vice-Chairperson/Treasurer) Chief Operating Officer, Pi Kappa Phi Christian Wiggins serves as the chief operating officer of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, a college men’s fraternity headquartered in Charlotte, NC. In his role, he is responsible for the day-to-day management and execution of strategy for more than 9,000 students and 90,000 living alumni, including direction of chapter services, expansion, education, volunteers, communications and technology initiatives. Prior to his current role with Pi Kappa Phi, he was employed by Harrah’s Entertainment in hotel operations management and customer loyalty. Christian received his bachelors degree in business administration and political science from Elon University in 2003. He recently completed a five-year term on the Elon University Young Alumni Council, serving as president 2010-2011 and in September 2012 began service on the Elon Alumni Board.

Thomas A. Feldman (Secretary) Vice President/Senior Art Director, Tyvola Design Thomas Feldman is Vice President and Senior Art Director for Tyvola Design. He started the company in September 2001 based in Charlotte, NC. Clients range from retail, healthcare, telecommunications, construction, grocery and motor sports. Feldman is active in many local organizations as a volunteer including the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network and has been central in the founding and development of Campus Pride since 2001.


Campus Pride Board of Directors Nikita Burks Nikita Burks, a native of Savannah, GA first became involved with Campus Pride in the summer of 2008 attending Camp Pride summer leadership camp as a student participant. She later went on to serve as a Pride Leader and currently holds the titles of Camp faculty and Logisitcs Coordinator. Outside of Camp Nikita has always assisted with the LGBT-friendly college fairs as well as many other various conferences. She is a graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, SC where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography and her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education with Teacher Certification. After graduation Nikita continued to work with Campus Pride in addition to accepting a position in Residence Life at Columbia College and served as the Assistant Chair to the Diversity Committee. While at her alma mater, Nikita opened the campus’s first Diversity Resource Center, assisted with the revamp of the campus Open Door (Diversity training) program and served as the Advisor for the campus gay-straight alliance organization, “Spectrum.” She has served on the Campus Pride Board of Directors since Fall 2011.

TJ Fisher Student, Washington & Lee University Timothy J. “TJ” Fisher is a sophomore at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a history and theatre double major and a museum studies minor. TJ received Washington & Lee’s Johnson Scholarship and has been named to the Dean’s List. He was first involved with Campus Pride as a 2012 Camp Pride summer leadership camp participant, and he currently serves as alumni liaison for the GLBT Equality Initiative and a peer counselor in the GLBQ Confidential program. TJ also serves as the Vice President of Member Development for the Virginia Epsilon chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He is active in the arts on campus as a singer, stage manager, and actor; presents a weekly radio show; and gives tours of campus. Off campus, TJ is a congregant at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and has worked with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture for three seasons operating and maintaining their antique carousel and band organ.

Brian Sims Representative, 182nd District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives Brian Sims was recently elected as the Democratic nominee for the 182nd District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Sims will be Pennsylvania’s first openly elected LGBT state legislator. He has distinguished himself as an attorney and civil rights advocate in Philadelphia and served as the Staff Counsel for Policy and Planning at the Philadelphia Bar Association and just recently stepped down as the President of the Board of Directors of Equality Pennsylvania and as the Chairman of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). Sims served as a member of the National Campaign Board of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund until August 2011. He made history in 2000 by coming out to his college football team. He remains the only former NCAA football captain to have ever come out and is one of the most notable collegiate athletes to do so in any sport. Brian holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree in International & Comparative Law from Michigan State University College of Law.


Patrick Washburn Senior Systems Analyst, Delhaize America Patrick Washburn is a senior systems analyst for the retail store systems team at Delhaize America. He provides support, system design and project management for retail systems in Delhaize America’s various banners including Food Lion, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys, Reids, Hannaford and Sweetbay. He also serves as a co-chair of Delhaize America’s Friends LGBTA business resource group. A native of Shelby, North Carolina, Patrick currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Education from Gardner Webb University.

Eric Yoak Student, Morehead State University Willard “Eric” Yoak of Grayson, Kentucky first became involved with Campus Pride in July 2012 as a camper at Camp Pride summer leadership camp. Since coming out in 2008, Eric has been heavily involved with LGBT activism. At Morehead State University, Eric is involved with the ALLYance of Morehead State, the on-campus LGBT equality organization, where he has held the Education and Support Chair position, hosted the campus drag show, and attended conferences as a representative of ALLYance and Morehead State University. He is currently working on a gender-neutral housing initiative for the campus dormitories and hopes to make his campus more LGBT-Friendly. Eric hopes to inspire others with his work for LGBT equality.

Ex-Officio — Jess McDonald Media, Communications & Programs Manager, Campus Pride

Ex-Officio — Shane L. Windmeyer Executive Director/Founder, Campus Pride


Executive Summary Campus Pride concluded the year serving nearly 1300 campus groups at various colleges and universities (public, private, 2-year and 4-year campuses). Thousands of student leaders across the country joined our national network to make college campuses safer, more inclusive places for LGBT people. From new publications to innovative projects, high-profile dialogues to transforming LGBT student retention efforts, Campus Pride continues to be the national leader on LGBT issues in higher education. “Since 2001, Campus Pride has witnessed tremendous success as a pioneering organization in higher education for LGBT issues. Our online tools and resources have transformed college campus communities, provided ongoing support for LGBT and ally young adult leadership and have led to successful advocacy for LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices,” said Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director and Founder of Campus Pride. “As highlighted in this ‘Year in Review,’ 2012 has been a banner year for us — whether it be the growth of the Campus Pride Index or Camp Pride; the publishing of the LGBTQ National College Athlete Report; or the national role in finding ‘common ground’ with Chick-fil-A. It has been a year full of growth and success and we thank all our supporters.”

Highlights & Accomplishments: New and updated resources During 2012, we offered new and updated resources for prospective LGBT students and their families, including the Campus Pride Index, the Campus Pride LGBT-Friendly National College Fair Program and Best of the Best college lists. The number of institutions in the Campus Pride Index for LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities increased to over 350, and the College Fair Program expanded to six cities nationwide. We released the first-ever Campus Pride “Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities” with the Huffington Post and partnered with The Advocate to release the landmark “Top 10 Trans-Friendly Colleges and Universities,” the first trans-specific benchmarking tool of its kind. In addition to benefiting prospective students and their families, these resources are also invaluable for institutions striving to become more LGBT-friendly. In October, Campus Pride launched a redesigned website at The site boasts many new online features, updated resources and is easily accessible via social media connections to college students across the country. Alongside the updated website, we announced our new Speakers Bureau, offering a dozen of the very best LGBT and ally artists, entertainers and speakers. All of these speakers work to support Campus Pride and donate a portion of their booking fees back to Campus Pride to support our mission.

The Out to Play Project The Out to Play Project, designed to address anti-LGBT slurs, bias and conduct in sports, was launched this past summer with a top 10 list of LGBT-friendly college athletic programs, praising campuses with positive climates for LGBT athletes. Campus Pride was also a key partner in the first ever Nike LGBT Sports Summit in June 2012. The summit was designed to bring together advocacy organizations working to end homophobia and transphobia in sports. Last fall, Campus Pride’s Q Research Institute for Higher Education completed the Campus Pride 2012 LGBTQ National College Athlete Report, the most comprehensive report to date documenting the experiences of LGBT student-athletes competing in NCAA sports. These efforts are prompting vitally important conversations about what it means to be LGBT in college athletics and how the NCAA can work to improve sports culture.


LGBT and ally student leadership development efforts Our LGBT and ally student leadership development efforts continued in 2012 with programs such as Stop the Hate Bias and Hate Crime Prevention trainings, the Campus Pride Queer It Up! Action Institute at the Creating Change conference and the Campus Pride and HRC Carolinas Leadership and Action Summit for Young Adults. Our annual summer leadership camp, Camp Pride, attracted over 60 colleges students and advisors from across the country for a five-day immersive leadership training and social justice education program featuring guests like marriage equality advocate Zach Wahls and Mara Keisling, the Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Camp Pride students returned to their campuses with action plans to implement gender neutral bathrooms and housing, organize LGBT students on religiously-affiliated campuses, create Safe Space programs for athletic departments and more. Additionally, Camp Pride 2011 was featured in the documentary Legalize Gay: The Civil Rights Movement of a Generation, which premiered on Logo TV in May.

National spotlight Campus Pride was in the national spotlight for several other issues during 2012, including a continuing dialogue with Dan Cathy, the President and COO of Chick-fil-A, related to LGBT student safety and campus climate at institutions with ties to the anti-LGBT franchise; the long-awaited university recognition of a LGBT student organization at the Catholic-affiliated University of Notre Dame; and the University of Iowa’s historic decision to add optional questions about gender identity and sexual orientation to its admissions forms, becoming the first public university in the country to do so. Alongside Elmhurst College, Iowa’s announcement set a notable precedent for universities to actively exercise responsibility for the retention and academic success of LGBT students. In November, Campus Pride also announced an exciting long-term strategic partnership with the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, an anti-bullying social justice organization. Another highlight from 2012 was a September event at Vice President Biden’s residence to celebrate the next generation of LGBT leaders. Camp Pride alumni Nikita Burks, Dominique Gant, and Jess McDonald were in attendance in Washington, D.C. for a LGBT policy roundtable and the evening BBQ. The year ended on a high note with the an announcement by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation that Campus Pride would be one of nine partnering organizations for the Winter/Spring 2013 Born Brave Bus Tour. The bus tour will provide a safe space for youth to celebrate their individuality and be the person they were born to be. Campus Pride youth ambassadors will be present at the pre-concert tailgate events in concert cities across the US.


Monthly Reviews January Campus Pride staff Shane Windmeyer and Matt Comer, along with board member Nikita Burks and volunteer Ted Lewis, attended the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change conference January 25-29, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland, and facilitated a day-long pre-conference institute for college student leaders with approximately 40 participants. Shane Windmeyer spoke at several colleges and universities across the country, including Eastern Connecticut State University, Indiana University, and the University of North Dakota.

February Approximately 140 people attended two Charlotte screenings of “Legalize Gay” in Charlotte, NC. The screenings were followed by panel discussions and over $500 was raised toward funding scholarships to Camp Pride. In addition to the Charlotte screenings, Campus Pride facilitated a total number of 19 advance screenings of the documentary, receiving half of the funds paid for each screening – totaling to over $3,000. Shane Windmeyer spoke at the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values Central Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Campus Pride hosted more than 30 students from across the Carolinas at its Campus Pride & Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Young Adult Leadership Summit, held in conjunction with the HRC Carolina Gala in Charlotte. Shane Windmeyer attended the launch of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts in late February.

March On March 8, Campus Pride hosted NCAA wrestler and straight ally Hudson Taylor for a fundraiser in Charlotte. A total of $3,500 was raised and approximately 30 people attended. The following night, a private dinner for Campus Pride’s Legacy Society Donors was held with nine people in attendance. Stop the Hate “Train the Trainer” sessions took place in San Diego, California and Charlotte, North Carolina, with over 50 participants total certified to become trainers on hate crimes issues and bias prevention. Students, instructors, administrators, and counselors were among those certified. Funding from the Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund partially supported the training in Charlotte. Shane Windmeyer spoke/presented at the Southern Regional LGBT College Leadership Conference at Texas Christian University in Dallas, Texas; the annual conference of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) with Sue Rankin in Louisville, Kentucky; and the Northeast LGBT College Conference at the Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. Campus Pride hosted its first Spring 2012 webinar on March 15. A total of 13 participants netted $1154.14. Five additional webinars were hosted throughout the spring. Campus Pride joined a coalition of more than 100 organizations with the Coalition to Protect All NC Families, the referendum committee organized to defeat Amendment One, an anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment that would later pass on May 8.


April On April 7, Campus Pride and Time Out Youth hosted their annual “Believe in Youth” awareness event with Zach Wahls in Charlotte, NC with nearly 100 people in attendance. Campus Pride collaborated with the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte and Time Out Youth to support the on-going organizing efforts of college students in the Charlotte-metro area. An informal meet-and-greet social was held for Charlottearea students with a total of 21 students in attendance from six area colleges. Shane Windmeyer spoke on several campuses across the country in April including Lock Haven University, the College of Charleston, John Carroll University, the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Randolph-Macon College, Texas Tech University, and Johnson County Community College.

May Campus Pride and the National Black Justice Coalition entered into an official agreement for NBJC to become an organization partner in the Stop The Hate “Train The Trainer” initiative. The partnership involves in NBJC and their two representatives to participate in Stop The Hate trainings and broadens outreach efforts. NBJC will also assist Campus Pride in facilitating intentional partnerships with historically black colleges and universities. Campus Pride partnered with Compete Magazine to release its Out to Play Project’s Top 10 List in the magazine’s May 2012 print edition. The report is also available online at Camp Pride 2011 was featured in the documentary Legalize Gay: The Civil Rights Movement of a Generation, which premiered on Logo TV in May.

June On June 11, Campus Pride facilitated an additional screening of Legalize Gay in Atlanta. Shane Windmeyer and Brian Sims attended the screening and participated in a panel discussion following. Campus Pride was invited to participate in Nike’s first-ever LGBT sports summit in Portland, Oregon. Shane Windmeyer attended. The event was designed to bridge communication and efforts between several national organizations on issues facing LGBT athletes. Campus Pride and the Queen City Theatre Company partnered to present a week-long series of events called “Queen’s Fab Fest” benefitting Campus Pride. Events included the play “Falsettos,” actress and comedian Coco Peru, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Pandora Boxx, “Twisted Broadway” with some of Charlotte’s finest musical theatre talent, and a Wizard of Oz drag sing-a-long. Campus Pride has agreed to partner with a student-initiated and student-run effort to be called Campus Pride in Faith. Students from several Catholic and other Christian schools are combining their efforts nationally to address LGBT inclusion and safety at religiously-affiliated colleges and universities.


Monthly Reviews July Sixty-two student leaders from across the country attended Camp Pride 2012 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Five advisors participated in the second annual LGBT Professional Academy for Advisors. Speakers and entertainers included Dr. Caitlin Ryan from the Family Acceptance Project, bisexual educator and advocate Robyn Ochs, singer/songwriter Justin Utley, Marisa Richmond of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, filmmaker Glenne McElhinney, It Gets Better’s Stephanie Laffin, fashion designer Kara Laricks, Founder/Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality Mara Keisling, spoken word poet Kit Yan, and young activist and ally Zach Wahls.

“My LGBT group at Winthrop is yearning for a stable and concrete leader with knowledge, understanding, passion, and the ability to make a positive change on our campus – Camp Pride helped me take strides towards becoming just that. I want to prove to my organization that I can be a strong leader – and with resources either directly from camp, the online resources, and the many other programs and services Campus Pride has generated I truly believe I can EDUCATE my campus and student organization then consequently inspire them to be a part of this movement, just as Camp Pride did for me.” - Victoria, Winthrop University, SC “In just 6 days my entire attitude and reason for life changed. I grew closer to people at Campus Pride than people I’ve known for years. I found myself, I created a family, and I learned more than I ever learned throughout my years in high school and college. I came in with one focus and left not only with a plan and tools learned from workshops, but I left with a greater understanding and appreciation for LGBT history, how to be a better leader, and a greater appreciation for myself and the power that I have as an individual. If every college campus gave their students the opportunity to go to Campus Pride, I truly believe every campus as well as their surrounding communities and neighborhoods would benefit from their experiences.” - Doris, William Paterson University, NJ “The most valuable outcome from the Advisory Academy, for me, was the opportunity to network with people from other institutions – and each of us serves a different role on our own campus. I was able to gauge my own work (and institution’s) policies against others in a comfortable way, all while learning tactical ways to keep moving in the right direction for LGBT inclusion.” - Paul, University of Delaware “I appreciate everything I learned at Camp Pride and the resources they gave me to take back to campus. Now I’m talking to admin-istrators about getting Safe Zones for different parts of campus like athletics and Greek life just so we have that for incoming freshmen. Also, my Action Plan is working with the new LGBTQ Office in getting a peer mentor program for the incoming freshmen. Campus Pride helped me help others that are coming after me, and that’s what I really want to get out of my experience there. As I say with most things that I go to, this experience wasn’t necessarily for me but for someone after me, and I’m just really thankful I’ve had the opportunity of going.” – Ben, Elon University, NC

Matt Comer officially stepped down from his position as Communications and Programs Manager on June 15. Jess McDonald was hired to fill the role of Media, Communications & Programs Manager following Camp Pride. Jess originally joined the Campus Pride staff in May 2012 as a summer fellow. 14

August Campus Pride offered free webinars in August, including one for members of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals to answer questions about and get feedback on the Campus Climate Index and one “Back to Campus” webinar for students. Campus Pride partnered with the 2012 TransFaith in Color Conference hosted in Charlotte, NC. Information about Campus Pride was included in each attendee’s conference bag, Campus Pride hosted a reception for young adults, and Shane Windmeyer and Jess McDonald co-presented a workshop about creating more welcoming spaces for LGBTQ youth. Campus Pride hosted a private VIP event and fundraiser with singer/songwriter Justin Utley in Charlotte, NC, the day before Justin’s performance at Pride Charlotte. The first college fair of the Fall 2012 National LGBT-Friendly College Fair Program series was held in Charlotte, NC, in conjunction with Pride Charlotte and Time Out Youth. Thirteen colleges and universities were represented at the fair. Campus Pride partnered with The Huffington Post to release the first-ever “Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities.” The article was shared over 1,000 times on Facebook. Campus Pride partnered with The Advocate to release the first-ever “Top 10 Trans-Friendly Colleges & Universities.” The article was shared nearly 2,000 times on Facebook. Campus Pride launched the “5 Simple Facts about Chick-fil-A” campaign in an effort to redirect the Chick-fil-A controversy away from free speech and marriage arguments and toward Chick-fil-A’s funding of anti-LGBT hate groups. The resource was used by students across the country in an effort to remove Chick-fil-A from their campuses. Shane Windmeyer published an Op-Ed in The Advocate titled “Colleges Rally to Kick Chick-fil-A Off Campuses.”

September Chick-fil-A’s President and Chief Operating Office, Dan Cathy, met with Shane Windmeyer in Atlanta, Georgia, in response to Campus Pride’s “5 Simple Facts about Chick-fil-A” campaign. In hope for future progress, Campus Pride suspended it’s campaign in September. Campus Pride board member Nikita Burks joined Shane Windmeyer and Jess McDonald in Washington, D.C. for an end-ofsummer BBQ at the Vice President and Dr. Biden’s residence to recognize the next generation of LGBT leaders on Sept. 19. They also attended a White House tour and LGBT policy roundtable. The Democratic National Convention took place in Charlotte, NC in early September. Campus Pride was one of about a dozen organizations that participated in an organization showcase at the Unity Through Community LGBT Welcome Event, which drew nearly 1,000 people. Campus Pride was present at the 2012 Southern Comfort Conference, one of the largest transgender conferences in the US, in Atlanta, Georgia with a resource table staffed by Jess McDonald.


Monthly Reviews October Campus Pride published the Lil’ Purple Backpack Resource Guide in October, 43 pages of resources for LGBT and ally student leaders. The guides were given out to students at conferences across the country and available free through the Campus Pride website. The Campus Pride LGBT-Friendly National College Fair Program continued in October with fairs in Chicago, Illinois, presented in partnership with the Center on Halsted, Chicago’s LGBT Center; Boston, Massachusetts, in partnership with the Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth at the Massachusetts Statehouse; Los Angeles, California, in partnership with the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s Models of Pride conference at the University of Southern California; and Dallas, Texas, in partnership with Youth First Texas. The New York City fair was postponed due to Superstorm Sandy. Campus Pride partnered with the Minnesota Out! Campus Conference that took place in October. Campus Pride donated conference bags and resource guides and promoted the conference. Campus Pride had a resource table at the conference and was promoted to conference attendees. Shane Windmeyer spoke at the University of Texas Arlington and Gallaudet University during October. In late October, Campus Pride launched a redesigned website featuring new and updated resources. The Campus Pride Speakers Bureau was perhaps the most notable addition to the website, offering nineteen LGBT and ally entertainers and speakers on topics ranging from bullying and campus safety to athletics to transgender awareness. When these entertainers and speakers are booked through Campus Pride, a portion of the booking fees go back to the organization to benefit LGBT and ally college students across the country. Long-time programs like Stop the Hate and Lambda 10 have a new home on the new website as well, bringing them more visibly under the Campus Pride umbrella.

November In mid-November, the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation shared plans for a new strategic alliance between the StandUp Foundation and Campus Pride at the Compete Sports Diversity Awards and StandUp Magazine Launch in Atlanta, GA. The two 501(c)3 non-profits announced a long-term partnership to join together under the StandUp name to help focus messages, programming and joint fundraising efforts. Each organization will continue as its own, separate 501(c)3 with separate governing boards and reporting structures. The StandUp Foundation has previously supported the work of Campus Pride through both operating and programmatic grants. This strategic partnership helps both organizations focus on programming and joint fundraising efforts to increase outreach and effectiveness to benefit young people. Several webinars took place in November on far-ranging topics including LGBT issues in fraternity and sorority life, serving trans populations on campus, and creating safe spaces in athletics. Shane Windmeyer spoke at the University of Texas San Antonio and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire during November.


December The University of Iowa made history in December as the first public institution and the second (and largest) United States institution of higher education to ask students demographic questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in college admissions. Campus Pride was behind the scenes in the decision with the help of Jake Christensen, who is an openly LGBT admissions counselor at the University of Iowa and volunteers as the Coordinator of Campus Pride’s LGBT-Friendly National College Fair Program. The University of Notre Dame announced plans to expand their support for LGBT students on campus, including recognizing an official LGBT student organization on campus for the first time. The decision came after decades of work by LGBT student leaders, including many Camp Pride alumni who served on the university committee that eventually came to the decision. The Born This Way Foundation – led by pop superstar Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta – announced in late December that Campus Pride was one of nine “frontline partners” for the Born Brave Bus Tour, an interactive pre-concert tailgate experience that joined Lady Gaga on the road for the U.S. leg of her 2013 Born This Way Ball tour. One webinar took place in December, drawing attendees from across the country to learn about how to create a bias incident response team on campus.


Campus Pride Strategic Plan, 2013-2014 The Campus Pride Board of Directors developed and began implementation of a two year strategic plan for 2013-2014. The plan guides the board operations and provides necessary structure as the organization plans for the future.

The Campus Pride strategic plan is focused on four key themes: Theme 1: Revise the organization’s financial model, inclusive of its development strategy. Implementation includes donor retention strategy, corporate sponsor development, greater grant writing, financial reporting systems, development of a restricted giving designated funds policy and “circle of giving” program.

Theme 2: Strengthen the position as the leader on college student programming for LGBTQIA students and advocates. Implementation includes improvements and growth in ten program areas including Campus Pride’s three signature programs Camp Pride, Stop The Hate and the Campus Pride Index. Further resources and new program development are also explored and planned.

Theme 3: Revise the governance structure of the organization. Implementation includes conducting an environmental scan, determining changes to governance structure including improvements to advisory board, implementation of strategic plan, staff and volunteer plan/training and exploring options for office space/home for organization.

Theme 4: Build a strong communications plan which provides a clear public identity and image. Implementation includes implementation of a public relations plan, social media plan, technology plan and identifying resources for improving staff funding as well as additional media contract staffing.


Revenue Donations, Grants & Corporate Sponsors


Program Registration, Public Speaking, Workshops




Expenses Program Expenses:


Student Leader Network


Stop the Hate Train the Trainer


Camp Pride: Campus Pride Summer Leadership Academy


Campus Pride Index & National College Fair Program

$ 18,378

Management / Operations Expenses:



$ 292,304


2012 Sponsors


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