GLBTA Programs Office Top 10

Top 10 Things To Know - LGBTQIA Life at the "Q of M" :


1)  “Top 50 Most LGBT-Friendly Campuses in the U.S.”

  • Nearly 350 colleges surveyed by CampusPride - 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)

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)  Preferred Names

  • Students can register for classes under their preferred name(s) rather than legal name
  • Students can register their Ucard under their preferred name



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