Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at CampusPride.org.
Campus Pride works to build future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges & universities. The organization serves LGBTQ and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBTQ and ally student leaders. Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of anti-LGBTQ prejudice, bigotry and hate. It works to develop student leaders, campus networks, and future actions to create such positive change.
Founded in the Fall of 2001 and launched a year later in October of 2002, Campus Pride started as an online community and resource clearinghouse under the name Campus PrideNet. The original founding partners were M. Chad Wilson, Sarah E. Holmes & Shane L. Windmeyer. In 2006, the organization broadened its outreach efforts and restructured as the current educational non-profit organization Campus Pride. As part of the restructuring process, the Lambda 10 Project for LGBT Fraternity & Sorority Issues became an educational initiative of Campus Pride. The executive director is national LGBTQ civil rights leader and campus pioneer Shane L. Windmeyer.
Campus Pride core services include: Education Outreach, Leadership Trainings, Advocacy & Policy Support, Youth Mentorship and Multicultural/Diversity Strategic Planning for colleges/universities.
Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed. is a best-selling author, LGBTQ campus pioneer and civil rights champion. He is founder and executive director of Campus Pride, the leading national LGBTQ organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to build future leaders and create safer campus communities.
Windmeyer is the creator of the Campus Pride Index (CampusPrideIndex.org), the premier national LGBTQ benchmarking tool for colleges and universities. Released Fall 2006 by Alyson Books, Windmeyer is the author of The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first-ever 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.
Windmeyer was raised in the rural Midwest on a farm in Hiawatha, Kansas. He was born as Shane Mendez to his single mother Diann Mendez. Within a year of being born, his mother married Fred Windmeyer who adopted him as his son. As an American Indian, Windmeyer is part of the Iowa Tribe. His family is mixed race Mexican, American Indian, and Irish. Windmeyer attended Emporia State University as a first generation college student and participated in the Upward Bound program for low income, first generation families. He graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and then attended Indiana University where he received his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his husband Thomas Feldman. They were legally married in 2015 after twenty years of being together.