New President Sends Pride Message to Campus Community

On Friday, June 15, new University of Louisville President Dr. Neeli Bendapudi emailed the campus community in celebration of Pride Month, sending a strong message about her commitment to diversity and inclusion. She followed up by attending the Kentuckiana Pride Festival celebration on Saturday wearing a tee shirt featuring the university's logo in rainbow colors.

Pictured: (left) Stacie Steinbock, Director LGBT Center Health Sciences satellite office, (right) Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, University of Louisville President


President Bendapudi's message: 

UofL Family,

As our community prepares for the Kentuckiana Pride Festival, the University of Louisville celebrates the LGBTQ community and sends a message of support and welcome.  For three years in a row, UofL has been named one of the “Best of the Best” of LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the United States and the only public university in the South to be so honored.

We have so many points of pride and important firsts:

  • The first university in the South to establish an LGBTQ Studies minor, under the direction of Dr. Kaila Story, who also holds the country’s first endowed chair in LGBTQ studies
  • First in the country to infuse the LGBTQ competencies created by the American Association of Medical Colleges into the medical school curriculum
  • First school in Kentucky to offer health insurance benefits to LGBTQ couples, to open a staffed LGBTQ Center, to offer LGBTQ study abroad trips, to host an LGBTQ alumni council, and to launch a themed housing community for LGBTQ students and allies.

All of this, and UofL is home to one of the country’s largest LGBTQ archives, the Williams-Nichols Collection.  As we aim to celebrate diversity, foster equity and achieve inclusion, we commit to building on the strong legacy of intersectional inclusion in our LGBTQ community.

Go Cards!


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