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This award was presented to Colorado Mesa on October 13 during the Western Slope Ally Awards, an annual event that highlights the work allies have done in advancing equality for LGBTQ Coloradans.


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CMU first university to receive Ally Award from LGBTQ advocacy group

Colorado Mesa University is the first and only Colorado institution of higher education to receive an Ally Award from the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Coloradans and their families.

CMU was chosen for the award by One Colorado based on the university’s efforts to address bias and discrimination against LGBTQ people through training and public education efforts.

“It’s important for One Colorado to recognize the leadership in communities across our state in their efforts to build a fair and just Colorado for all,” said One Colorado’s Executive Director Daniel Ramos.

In addition to CMU’s long-standing non-discrimination policy and support for a Gay Straight Alliance, CMU has grown inclusivity and diversity trainings in recent years. Since 2013, Safe Zone trainings have reached more than 3,000 members of the campus community and approximately 200 CMU employees have been trained and recognized in their respective departments as “Safe Zone Allies”. In 2016, CMU invited the You Can Play Project to campus and conducted training with all members of the athletic department including administrators, coaches and student-athletes.

Ramos also noted CMU President Tim Foster’s personal courage in writing a public letter to the state of North Carolina expressing concern for the anti-LGBTQ legislation that became law there in 2016.

“Thanks to these efforts by university leadership, CMU is committed to ensuring that every voice on campus is heard, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, status, sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Ramos.

“It’s truly an honor too for One Colorado to give this award to Colorado Mesa University,” Foster said, adding that the university seeks ways to continue to improve its efforts to serve all students including those from the LGBTQ community.

The award was presented October 13 during the Western Slope Ally Awards, an annual event that highlights the work allies have done in advancing equality for LGBTQ Coloradans.

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