GLBTA Programs Office Top 10

Students often ask us, "What's so great about the U of M?"  

Here are the Top 10 Things To Know - GLBTA Life at the "Q of M" :

 

1)  “Top 25 Most LGBT-Friendly Campuses in the U.S.”

·       Nearly 350 colleges surveyed by CampusPride – we received 99% overall rating

·       Categories:  GLBTA Student Life / Academics / Benefits / Recruitment / Policies

·       Featured in MN Daily (campus), CityPages (local), Star Tribune (local), Minnesota Public Radio (local), ACPA eCommunity, & Huffington Post (national)

 

2)  Education & Trainings  (Ally 101 / Ally 201 / Bisexuality 101 / Transgender 101 / etc.)

·       Mix of Open Campuswide Trainings, Classroom Visits, Department-specific Trainings

·       Recent:  ResLife CAs, Orientation Leaders, Tour Guides, Disability Services, U of M Police Dept

·       Upcoming:  Learning Abroad Center, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

·       Conf Presentations:  MN Out Campus Conf, NGLTF Creating Change, MN College Personnel Assoc

 

3)  Technology – Get Connected!  (Listserve of 3,000+ / New Website / Facebook)

·       Listserve is known as “GLBTA NEWS”

·       Website URL is https://diversity.umn.edu/glbta

·       Facebook is “GLBTA Programs Office” found at http://www.facebook.com/glbta

 

4)  40+ GLBTA groups & initiatives across U of M – Get Involved!

·       GLBTA PO has many of these

·       Queer Student Cultural Center (QSCC) on 2nd Floor Coffman has student-led member groups

·       Academic groups exist (MN Queer Science, Compass - Carlson, St. Paul Adv Group – CFANS)

 

5)  Open & Inclusive Spaces

·       GLBTA PO’s new Student Lounge Space (53 Appleby Hall)

·       QSCC on 2nd Floor Coffman has a large hangout space

·       Lavender House is a living-learning community (Comstock Hall)

 

6)  Scholarships & Awards

·       Annually we give out scholarship dollars as well as student & employee leadership awards

·       Scholarships must be given out to students who will be enrolled for the following semester

·       Recipients are acknowledged at GLBTA PO’s Lavender Celebration (April/May)

 

7)  Academics

·       Gender, Women’s, Sexuality Studies (4th Floor of Ford Hall)

·       GLBT Courses and a GLBT Minor (however, no GLBT major yet)

·       Office of Equity & Diversity Certificate (non-credit but on professional dev’t transcript)

 

8)  Tretter Collection (Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies)

·       Huge archive of GLBT memorabilia, journals, books, Pride Parade swag, etc.

·       Housed in Elmer Andersen Library on the West Bank – managed by Lisa Vecoli

·       Globally recognized, Tretter Collection is very beneficial for student research papers

 

9)  Trans-Inclusive Health Benefits

·       Student Benefits now match Employee Benefits

·       Up to $35,000 in services deemed medically necessary by a health care professional

·       Collaboration across Trans Commission, GLBTA PO, Boynton, Office of Stu Affairs

 

10)  Domestic Partnership Benefits

·       Established in 2001 these exist for same-sex partners to have equal rights as spouses

·       Students & Employees need to have legal domestic partnership declared

·       Costs $25/month extra, and you enroll them within the 30-day Open Enrollment