KSU Athletics Named Top-10 LGBT-Friendly Program In The Nation


Black and Gold are one of five Division I schools to receive the honor CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The…

Georgia (May 4, 2012)Black and Gold are one of five Division I schools to receive the honor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Kennesaw State Department of Athletics received a national award of recognition from Campus Pride on May 1st for being one of the 10 best LGBT-friendly college athletic programs in the nation.

Campus Pride is the nation’s leading educational organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.

In partnership with Compete Magazine, Campus Pride’s “Out to Play List” is a compilation of the 10 “Best of the Best” LGBT-friendly athletics programs at colleges and universities across the country. The list was compiled from nominations received nationwide, with each reviewed for its LGBT-inclusion efforts, practices and policy implementation.

“Diversity and Inclusion is a part of the Kennesaw State University way of life,” Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams said. “We are honored to be recognized as a leader in diversity and inclusion which is very important to our values here in Owl Nation.” 

Kennesaw State joins the following nine institutions to receive this prestigious honor, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Bucknell University, Columbia University, Indiana University, Ithaca College, New York University, Stanford University and Whitman College.

Kennesaw State prides itself in being diverse on and off the field as KSU currently has over 24,000 students, with over 120 different countries represented in the student population.

The University also has an office of Diversity and Inclusion on campus that has a vision in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion as well as promoting a welcoming campus climate for all of our stakeholders. As Kennesaw continues to grow in its diverse population, creating a campus climate of respect and inclusiveness for all is more important than ever.

More information about the Out to Play List and continuing efforts of the Out to Play Project can be found online at www.campuspride.org/outtoplay.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu