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 50 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)  Community Education Programs

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

·       Community Education Programs include: 

·       Social Constructions of Sex and Gender, (Bi)Sexuality 101, Intersectionality 101, (Inter)Sex 101, (Trans)gender 101

·       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

·       Facebook is “GLBTA Programs Office” found at

·       We have a Twitter account at, #glbtapo


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)

·       Many of the groups & initiatives include: Tongues Untied, Mentor Program, The Network, & Pride @ Work


5)  Open & Inclusive Spaces

·       GLBTA PO’s new Student Lounge Space (40 Appleby Hall)

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

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

·       Available Gender-Open Housing

·       All-Gender Restrooms located around campus


6)  Academic Awards

·       Annually we give out Academic Awards as well as student & employee leadership awards

·       Academic Awards 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)  Class Roster Preferred Names

·       Students can register under their preferred name(s) (Coming 2015)