The Pride Alliance is a group of students interested in raising awareness about LGTBQ+ issues and sponsors Ally Training, the Drag Ball, the annual Ally Dinner and other related events. The group is active in helping ensure that the campus remains a safe, respectful and welcoming community for all students.
Johnson State’s inclusiveness was recently noted by Campus Pride Inc., a national, nonprofit organization based in Charlotte, N.C. The organization designated JSC as one of the nation’s top LGBTQ-friendly colleges in recognition of its inclusive, welcoming and respectful environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning people.
Established in 2001, the group publishes an online “Campus Pride Index” rating
Johnson State College received an overall 3.5 star rating on the Campus Pride Index, which rated more than 200 U.S. colleges from one to five stars on their “LGBTQ-inclusive policies programs and practices in higher education.” JSC earned the highest scores for housing and residence life, academic life, student life and campus policies related to LGBTQ issues. Only two other Vermont colleges, Sterling College and the University of Vermont, were deemed LGBTQ-friendly by the organization.
In addition to hosting an active Pride Alliance club, JSC offers gender-neutral housing and restrooms on campus, sponsors educational and cultural programming related to LGBTQ issues, and has a scholarship for transgender students.