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As an institution founded on and driven by the principles of access, inclusion, and social justice, Roosevelt applauds progress toward greater openness, honesty, and respect.

It started in 1945: One Chicago college president, concerned that quotas might be imminent, refused his board’s request for demographic data. He walked out on his job and—with similarly principled faculty, staff, and students—opened what is now Roosevelt University. Our story is of courage, vision, and action. In the 60 years hence we have accomplished much. We seek more. And we laud steps taken.

FAFSA Modernizes to Recognize LGBT Families

The University commends the U.S. Department of Education on recognizing diverse LGBT family structures. Starting in 2014, a revised FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form will replace the gendered language “Mother/Stepmother” and “Father/Stepfather” with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.” With these changes, the DOE hopes to eliminate delays in processing applications for children of same-sex or unmarried couples and encourage equitable access to financial aid. Read the Center for American Progress article.

New Housing Options and Learning Community Advance Inclusiveness

Roosevelt’s Office of Residence Life is proud to announce a gender-inclusive housing option and a Gender and Diversity Inclusion Learning Community, to launch fall 2013. These offerings reflect the University’s diverse student body, enhance learning through the examination of contemporary issues, and promote ethical awareness by providing a safe environment for students of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.

Roosevelt University to Host Campus Pride College Fair On October 5

Campus Pride,an organization that helps student leaders and groups create safer, more inclusive campus environments, will hold its Midwest Regional October college fair at Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus on Saturday, October 5. The fair is specifically designed to address the concerns of LGBT and ally students when it comes to academics, student life and campus safety. It will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor of the Auditorium Building (430 S. Michigan Ave.), in Congress and Fainman Lounges. The Campus Pride college fair is free to interested prospective students and family members. Registration is not required, but you are encouraged to RSVP by email at info@campuspride.org . Please mention Roosevelt University as the event location as well as the names of those attending the fair. The University is honored to host this event for Campus Pride, which bestowed Roosevelt with a 4-star rating for LGBT-friendliness.

Financial Aid and Counseling for LGBT Students

Roosevelt admission and financial aid advisors are here to assist LGBT applicants, be they from supportive or unsupportive families, to navigate their application and financial aid options. Click for helpful admissions, financial aid information and tools. And check out financial aid for LGBT students.

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