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PRIDE History

Established at USD in October 1991 as SAESO, PRIDE has been a part of the following milestones:

1997: First LGBTQ-themed course, Gay and Lesbian Voices, is offered in the Department of Sociology, co-taught by J.A. Colombo (Theology and Religious Studies) and Eugene Labovitz (Sociology)

2000: The Board of Trustees approves addition of “sexual orientation” to non-discrimination policy of College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Nursing, and School of Leadership and Education Sciences (School of Law had added several years before).

2001 – present: The Rainbow Educators program is institutionalized and funded by university.

2009: The Safe Space Allies Program is established.

2009: PRIDE sponsors first annual campus-wide dance.

2011: USD adds “gender identity” and “gender expression” to its non-harassment and non-discrimination policies.

2012: PRIDE sponsors first annual Drag Show and other events to create awareness and educate about gender identity and expression.