Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed. is a best-selling author, LGBTQ campus pioneer and civil rights champion. He is founder and executive director of Campus Pride, the leading national LGBTQ organization for student leaders and campus organizations working to build future leaders and create safer campus communities. Windmeyer was raised on a farm in Hiawatha, Kansas and was born as Shane Mendez. Windmeyer is part of the Iowa Tribe. His family is mixed race Mexican, American Indian, and Irish. Windmeyer attended Emporia State University as a first generation college student and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and then attended Indiana University where he received his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his husband Thomas Feldman. They were legally married in 2015 after twenty years of being together.