UNF named “Best of the Best” college for LGBTQ+ students in the southeast

Carter Mudgett, Editor in Chief

The University of North Florida was recognized as the “Best of the Best” college in the southeast for LGBTQ+ students on Wednesday by Campus Pride — an organization focused on creating safe and welcoming campuses for LGBTQ+ people. 

Featuring 40 four-year campuses across the country split up by region, UNF was ranked five out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index (CPI) — the definitive national benchmarking tool measuring LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices. This year, the Best of the Best list was based on an overall score of 93% or higher. 

 Members of the University of North Florida LGBTQ Center table in the Student Union after the university was named one of the “Best of the Best” colleges for LGBTQ+ people on Wednesday. (Carter Mudgett)

“When I first came to UNF, our Campus Pride ranking was 3.5 stars, which is a huge accomplishment for any university. In the last two years, my team and I worked closely and tirelessly with many departments on campus and organizations outside of campus to improve equality and inclusion, not just at UNF, but in the greater Jacksonville area as a whole,” wrote UNF LGBTQ Center Director Manny Velásquez-Paredes in an email to Spinnaker. “Our mission continues because we need to be the leaders in diversity and equality. We will continue to create more opportunities for LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty to feel more welcome and to find a safe place at UNF.”


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