This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Lansing Michigan with my college's queer group, Queer and Straight in Unity, to the United States' largest queer conference, MBLGTACC (Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference). While I was there, I was able to attend a number of workshops, keynotes, speakers, and events. I was super excited to go to the Minnesota caucus, where around 30 students and advisors discussed the conference itself, as well as attempted to create a network of support for campuses across the state. One of the largest issues that came up was trans* inclusivity for students at various campuses. I also attended a trans* workshop, where this theme was discussed.
Quick Facts about Trans* Inlusivity on Minnesota college campuses:
- 47 colleges/universities have nondiscrimination policies that include gender identity/expression
- Colleges and Universities that provide gender-inclusive housing:
- Augsburg College (started Fall 2011)
- Carlton College (generally not open to first-year students, available in residence halls throughout campus)
- Macalester College (started fall 2005, open to juniors and seniors in apartment-style housing)
- Colleges with a process for Name changes (students who have not legally changed their names can still use a preferred name on campus records, i.e. ID cards, course rosters, directory listings):
- Augsburg College
- Carleton College
- Hamline University
- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The above source also includes "Best Practices to Support Transgender and Other Gender-Nonconforming Students," which I suggest you check out.
What is your college or university doing to create a more inclusive campus for trans* students? What would you like to see happen? How can we join together?