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Inclusive Practices for Gender Identity and/or Gender Expression: Supporting Transgender* Student Success. Saby Labor Women’s & LGBTQ Student Services Coordinator and Retention Specialist Metropolitan State University. My preferred pronouns: She/her/hers They/them/theirs.
Women’s & LGBTQ Student Services Coordinator and Retention Specialist
Metropolitan State University
My preferred pronouns: She/her/hers
Provide an overview of terminology pertaining to transgender* students
Gender Identity – refers to a person’s innate, deeply felt psychological identification as male or female, which may or may not correspond to the person’s body or designated sex at birth (meaning what sex was originally listed on a person’s birth certificate).
Transgender* - An umbrella term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior is different from those typically associated with their assigned sex at birth, including but not limited to transsexuals, two spirit, androgynous people, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people. Transgender is a broad term and is good for non-transgender people to use. “Trans” is shorthand for “transgender.”
Source: National Center for Transgender EqualityCommon Language
Lack of language to capture complexity of gender and gender variant people
731 (16%) colleges and universities have nondiscrimination policies that include gender identity or gender expression
Source: www.campuspride.org/tpcFederal, State & Local Context
Facilities and Signage
76Colleges Enable Students to Use a Chosen First Name, Instead of Their Legal Name, on Campus Records and Documents (such as ID Cards, Course Rosters, and Directory Listings)
http://www.campuspride.org/tpc-records/Preferred Name Practices
Recommendation: Move “Informal First Name Field” to primary location and rename “Preferred Name”Preferred Name Practices
47Institutions Enable Students to Change the Gender on Their Campus Records without Evidence of Medical Intervention
They/them/theirsPreferred Gender Practices
51 colleges and universities cover hormones and gender reassignment/confirmation surgeries for students.
University of Massachusetts, AmherstStudent Health Insurance
150 Colleges and Universities Have Gender-Inclusive Housing Housingin which students can have a roommate of any gender
Generally not open to first-year students; available throughout campus
Available in a number of residence halls; open to all students
Available in suite-style housing
Available in the “Open House Gender Learning Community”
Available in a suite-style residence hall
Source: http://www.campuspride.org/tpcGender-Inclusive Student Housing
Transgender Checklist for Colleges and Universities