Johns Hopkins Names its First Director of LGBTQ Life

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A couple years ago, we wrote about Johns Hopkins’s first OUTList, an online list of the school’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students meant to increase visibility and help with informal networking. As we pointed out then, other schools had been publishing OUTLists since the 1990s — but even though Johns Hopkins may have been slow to catch up, in recent years they’ve made a commitment to helping their LGBTQ students feel welcome on campus. Hiring Demere Woolway, the school’s first director of LGBTQ life, is just the next step in that direction.

According to the Hopkins Hub, Woolway’s role will to be to provide both advocacy and education on campus. “When we serve the needs of folks with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, we expand the way that universities can be inclusive,” she told the Hub. “My hope is that we are making it a little bit easier for students. We support them as they figure out their identity.”

According to Campus Pride, Johns Hopkins gets 3.5 stars (out of a possible 5) for its “LGBT-friendliness” (guess Campus Pride doesn’t care about the Qs). But if things keep moving forward the way they have been, I think we can expect to see that score rise in the next year or two.

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