The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has partnered with two other schools and the Br{ache the Silence campaign on a program aimed at advancing LGBT inclusion and equality in sports.

UNL is joined by the University of Oregon and Northwestern University in the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program, which uses an algorithm to help school administrators "implement inclusive programming, policies and public awareness initiatives," according to a press release. Participating institutions also can place a medallion on their websites noting their inclusion efforts.

“College recruits and athletic department hires will finally be able to identify inclusive athletic departments right on the department website, said Br{ache the Silence co-founder Nevin Caple, who worked with Dr. Eric Lueshen, a former Husker football player, to create the program.

“We are thrilled to partner with three powerhouse institutions who are leading the way for LGBT inclusion in sport,” Lueshen said. “The tragedy in Orlando reinforces the need to increase the visibility of LGBT inclusive spaces, and it’s an honor to have these institutions taking proactive steps to make athletics a place where everyone is valued and respected.”

Said NU Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst: "This affiliation reaffirms Nebraska’s commitment and desire to be a leader in diversity and inclusion, providing the very best resources to our student-athletes and staff."

Caple and Lueshen said they plan to expand to program to high schools in the future.

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