May 30, 2012
Campus Pride is an amazing organization! They do so much for LGBT college students. They have so many resources for LGBT students including a college search guide, how to stand up against bullying, and an LGBT camp called Camp Pride, among many other things. I am a Nonprofit Administration minor and hope to work for an LGBT nonprofit one day, and I can safely say that Campus Pride is one of the best LGBT nonprofits around. When I was looking for a university to do my undergraduate work at, I used Campus Pride's school search to find an LGBT friendly school near me. I could see the amenities the school provided to LGBT students to know if it was the right school for me. I was able to pick a school where LGBT students felt safe, where there was an LGBT Resource Center, and much more thanks to Campus Pride's information. I'm getting ready to search for schools for my graduate work, and I know that I will be using Campus Pride's resource once again. I also was a participant in Camp Pride (2011). Camp Pride is a fantastic week-long camp for LGBT college students. I was able to meet so many great people, share resources, and be motivated to make a positive change on my campus. During Camp Pride, the students make an Action Plan to bring back to their campuses on an issue they'd like to see taken up at their school. For some, that was getting an LGBT Resource Center, having an LGBT non-discrimination policy, or getting transgender inclusive housing. For me, my action plan was to implement an LGBT peer mentorship program on my campus. I'm happy to say that with the courage, resources, and knowledge I gained from Camp Pride, the mentorship program at my school will be starting in the fall (2012). At the beginning of Camp Pride, a faculty member told us all that the experience would be life-changing. I was skeptical, but by the end, I knew it was true. I was amazed at how much Camp Pride really has changed my life and will continue to change my life. I am going back to be a Pride Leader at Camp Pride this year so that I can give back, but also continue to grow as an LGBT leader. Camp Pride was one of the best experiences I've ever had, and I've met lifelong friends through it. I would encourage every LGBT student leader to go to camp. Campus Pride is a fantastic organization. I cannot say enough good about the work they do.
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