Pride Network receives 2012 Impact Award
The 2012 Diversity Impact Award recipient was given to NDSU Pride Network. In the spring of 2008, the Pride Network was co-founded by a group of faculty and staff in an effort to provide support and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer - or LGBTQ – employees. A primary goal of the group was to address discrimination that members of the LGBTQ community face. Quoting from the Pride Network’s mission statement, “Because the university fosters an environment which nurtures scholarly excellence within a culturally diverse community, this group augments that mission by striving to be inclusive and professional with respect to sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity."
Over the past 5 years, the Pride Network increased visibility and support for the LGBT community at NDSU. The group created a website and promoted the work it does to campus media outlets. Members represent other LGBTQ employees on the Equity and Diversity Advisory Council, Faculty Senate’s Equity and Diversity Committee and the Equity and Diversity Liaison group. The group worked closely with Human Resources to develop a new website with information specific to LGBTQ employees, in an effort to establish a central location for this information to assist with recruitment of a wide diversity of faculty and staff. The Pride Network has hosted several Tri-College professional networking events (Metro Mixers) that engage LGBTQ identified employees and allies from NDSU, MSUM, Concordia College, M State, and UND, as well as local businesses and companies including Sanford Health and Microsoft.
Pride Network’s impact at NDSU, specifically in terms of faculty and staff, is exemplified in one letter of support that reads: “I joined the faculty at NDSU in 2009 after the creation of the Pride Network. While preparing to interview and considering NDSU’s offer, I looked on the website for signs of support for the LGBTQ community. I found that there was an organization, Pride Network, for faculty, staff and graduate students. Overall this gave the impression that NDSU would be a welcoming place for LGBTQ members.”
Pride Network identified the LGBTQ Student Scholarship as the recipient of the $500 contribution that came with this award.
Impact Award Winners
Sandy Holbrook - 2007
NDSU Forward - 2008
Couples and Family Therapy Program - 2009
Dakota Studies Initiative - 2010
President's Diversity Council - 2011
NDSU Pride Network - 2012
Dakota Studies Initiative
Recipient of the
President's Diversity Council
2009-2010 Impact Award