Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Louisville
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Brian Buford
Assistant Provost for Diversity and LGBT Center Director
Vice Provost for Diversity & Equal Opportunity
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Supporting Diversity with a preferred name option for class/grade rosters, ID cards, and online learning

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

U of L's LGBT Center launched a project in 2014 to provide students with a preferred name option for class/grade rosters, ID cards, and online learning (Blackboard). Now a reality for all students at U of L, the preferred name option is especially appealing to two student populations: 1. International students who may be using a name that is easier for American people to pronounce; and 2. Transgender students who may be using a name that better matches their gender identity and prevents them from being outed accidentally. In both cases, it’s about removing obstacles and sending a message of inclusion. In honor of the expanded preferred name option, the Cardinal Card office provided replacement cards free to those who bring in their old card. The project was a partnership between the LGBT Center, Information Technology, the Cardinal Card office, and numerous other offices that provide services to students and contributed to the university’s selection as one of Campus Pride’s 25 most LGBT-friendly campuses in the country for 2015.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Having a preferred name option is one of the measures included on the national Campus Pride LGBT Friendly Campus Index (http://www.campusprideindex.org/). Instituting this new option was a key factor that led to UofL being selected as one of the 25 most LGBT friendly schools in the country and the highest rated Southern public school with a campus pride index of 4.5 out of 5 stars: http://www.campusprideindex.org/campuses/details/492?campus=university-of-louisville


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research No
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement No
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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