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SMU to No. 12 this year, up from the 16th
position the Dallas university occupied last year.
The conservative Baptist school Baylor Univer-
sity in Waco, in the No. 11 spot last year, didn't
make the list at all this time around.
Dallas has the distinction of being the only city
with two schools on the list — SMU and, at No. 9,
the University of Dallas. And Texas is the only
state with three schools on the list. In addition to
the two in Dallas, Texas A&M comes in at No. 10.
SMU, which has been on the list for several
years, is the only school in the group whose non-
discrimination policies: specifically include protec-
tions for the LGBT community.
Karen Click, director of the Women's Center at
SMU that includes LGBT programs, said she was
hoping her school was moving off the list. She was
disappointed that it moved up instead.
"As the staff member charged with improving
the climate, it's frustrating," she said.
Click said that Campus Pride also surveys
schools about the climate on campus and provides
useful input. Anew LGBT faculty and staff group
was organized at the school this year as a result of
recommendations from the group.
In June, a new LGBT alumni organization met
for the first time. Openly gay Dean David Chard
hosted the first reception for the group in the Gay
and Lesbian Fund for Dallas reception lounge in
the new Simmons School of Education building.
In contrast, Baylor alumnus Patti Fink said, sev-
eral years ago when a group of alumni tried to or-
ganize an LGBT alumni group, rather than
welcome their donations, Baylor sent them a cease
and desist order.
Chard said he was probably the only openly
gay dean among any of the schools that made the
Fink joked that she didn't have a list of Baylor 's
gay deans handy.
"Even if I looked for a month, I probably
wouldn't find them," she said.
Chard echoed Click's frustration. He said that
among other things, the school was about to pres-
ent an anti-bullying conference and has hosted the
Gayla Prom on campus for at least a decade.
Fink said there's never been an LGBT dance on
the Baylor campus nor any sanctioned LGBT or-
"SMU has been a sponsor of Black Tie Dinner,
supported by almost all of the deans on campus,
for three years," Chard said.
And the Simmons School counseling program
internship with the longest waiting list partners
with Resource Center Dallas.
"We've doing good work for members of our
community," Chard said.
Fink said she knew of no programs at Baylor
that were tied to Waco^s LGBT community. The
school has made no donations to fundraising
events that support the community. She said her
alma mater doesn't hold an LGBT job fair, which
SMU does annually, nor do any Baylor depart-
ments partner with any LGBT community groups.
Click said that a Baylor student read an article
in Dallas Voice last year about the LGBT-un-
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friendly rankings. That student contacted her from
Waco to help find any resources on the Baylor
campus. Click connected her with faculty who are
unable to be out on the Waco campus.
"Sometimes I feel like I'm working for two
schools," Click said.
She said that SMU has four LGBT groups and a
fifth is forming. And, she said, support for the
LGBT community is not new.
"Spectrum [the undergraduate group] has been
operating since the 1980s," she said.
An LGBT group at Perkins School of Theology
is active and has the support of that school's dean.
Two other graduate schools with LGBT groups are
the law school and business school.
Not only is SMU the only school on the Prince-
ton Review list with a non-discrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation and gender iden-
tity, it has also offered domestic partner benefits
for faculty and staff members' partners since 2001.
To top it off, Fink said she doesn't think any of
her school has any staff members that perform on
film or at a nightclub — or anywhere else for that
matter — in drag. But SMU does.
Joe Hoselton is graduate admissions coordina-
tor at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, but in
the LGBT community, he's better known as Jenna
Click said she is pretty sure that no graduate ad-
missions counselor at any of the other schools on
the list have ever taught classes on makeup or ap-
peared at a president's dinner in drag. And Fink
confirmed that Baylor President Kenneth Starr is
certainly unlikely to host a drag dinner.
Hoselton has done both those things at SMU.
Hoselton said that he thinks the Princeton Re-
view ranking plays in to SMU's stereotypes, some-
thing he said he deals with all the time when he's
talking to prospective students.
Hoselton said that while the school has a repu-
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tation for its Greek culture, fraternity and sorority
membership is capped at a third of undergradu-
ates. When grad students are added, that's only a
sixth of the student body.
Hoselton said he thinks many of the respon-
dents to the survey came from SMU's business
and law schools. Both schools have their own
LGBT student organizations but are more conser-
vative than the student population in general.
Hoselton said he thinks students from those
schools are more likely to answer lengthy surveys
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