DCC Recognized Among Top 8 Best LGBTQ+ U.S. Community Colleges

Sept. 9, 2021 -- Dutchess Community College is one of only eight community colleges in the nation recognized for its support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students by Campus Pride, a leading LGBTQ+ campus rating and information index.

Honored among Campus Pride’s  Top 8 Community Colleges Leading the Way for LGBTQ Inclusion listing. DCC earned a 3.5-star ranking for its inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices. The listing includes a profile featuring details about the College’s resources, support, events and activities provided to students, along with detailed scoring data.

“I am excited and honored that DCC was rated one of the top community colleges in the nation for LGBTQ inclusion,” said Joe Cosentino, chair of the Department of Performing, Visual Arts and Communications, and chair of the LGBTQ of DCC Ad Hoc Committee. “We still have a way to go for improvement in some areas, but this is glowing proof that LGBTQ+ students are welcome, safe and nourished at DCC.” 

Campus Pride cited numerous reasons for recognizing DCC as being an inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly college for students to attend. Included is recognition of the College’s Ally Network and the LGBTQ of DCC Committee. 

Other DCC initiatives, services and activities noted by Campus Pride include numerous policies and programs to promote non-discrimination and inclusion for everyone, regardless of gender identity/expression, the promotion of an inclusive curriculum, LGBTQ-friendly campus safety and residence life policies and support, student clubs, workshops, panel discussions, exhibits and performances.

DCC is one of only two SUNY institutions listed on the 2021 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Campus listing. SUNY Westchester was also named, joining DCC, Hofstra University and Ithaca College from the mid-Atlantic region honored as campuses from across the country that have shown themselves to be deeply committed to LGBTQ students.

Since 2007, the Campus Pride Index has been the premier LGBTQ national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to create safer, more inclusive campus communities. The free online tool allows prospective students, families, parents and those interested in higher education to search a database of LGBTQ-friendly campuses that are working to improve the academic experience and quality of campus life. The index is supported under the Campus Pride Q Research Institute for Higher Education as well as benefits from strategic partnerships with professional organizations in higher education and related LGBTQ nonprofit organizations.

For the full lists including community colleges and religious schools, visit campuspride.org/2021bestofthebest.