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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH Pitt’s Rainbow Alliance group works to ensure that all students are given an equal and prejudice-free learning experience. There are many resources available to students, including an allies network, guide to housing, and message to prospective students. For all details, head to www.studentaffairs.

With the fall semester quickly approaching, many students are looking to add more extracurricular activities to their plate. Whether freshmen or upperclassmen, the universities in Pittsburgh offer many safe havens and activist groups for LGBT students. Here is your guide with pride for the fall semester!

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY Carnegie Mellon continuously strives to promote a campus environment that is inclusive and supportive of student diversity in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. There are several organizations for LGBTQ students, including ALLIES, which is a student run organization as well as SafeZone, to promote safety and recognition of the community. Additionally, students run and LGBT resource center which can be reached at 412-2688794. For more information, go to Resources.html

CARLOW UNIVERSITY The LGBT & Allies organization of Carlow University represents the interests of the community with pride and allows students to feel welcome as they study. Look for more information on campus during the fall semester!


ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY RMU SAFE provides a supportive environment for LGBTQ students with weekly meetings in the Jefferson TV Lounge. Meetings and special events are held regularly throughout the year and all are encouraged to participate. Email safe.rmu@gmail. com for details or connect with them on Facebook at

ART INSTITUTE OF PITTSBURGH AiP Pride welcomes all members with open arms, providing a safe haven for LGBTQIA students. An open forum for discussion, the group meets every Wednesday in the first floor conference room between noon and one in the afternoon. Like their page on Facebook at

COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY FAMILY @ CCAC is dedicated to the equality and safety of LGBT students. Family’s intent is to establish a sense of community between students.  Call Advisors Chris Robinson or Lenore Hiller at 412-469-6229.   Have a safe and PROUD semester and join a GSA! Don’t see your school here and want a safe haven for LGBT students? Contact your school’s office of student affairs and take the steps necessary to make it happen!

Lambda: Gay – Straight Alliance is a blossoming organization which helps students of the LGBTQ community more comfortable in learning and living on campus. Security is the key to the organization. Look for meetings this semester!


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