Transgender Commission

The University of Minnesota's Transgender Commission is a coalition of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members working for equity, access, and liberation for people of all gender identities and expressions, led by trans*, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people across the U of M and local Twin Cities community.  


Key areas include:  Community Building / Education and Training / Facilities / Restroom Access / Gender Policies & Forms / Health Care / Social Events / Speakers, Discussions, & Films / Trans Advocacy Team

Chair:  Jen Bentrim  (contact: or


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GLBTA Programs Office has collaborated with the Transgender Commission on initiatives, including..

  • Boynton Health Services Training - Along with staff in the Program in Human Sexuality & Center for Sexual Health, members from the Trans Commission & GLBTA Programs Office trained 300+ medical professionals and clerical staff during their Professional Development Day.  The day included a morning keynote workshop on improving access for GLBT students, with a highlight on "A Day In The Life" of trans-identified students accessing Boynton services, following by multiple afternoon breakout sessions on challenging GLBT assumptions and Transgender Health Disparities.
  • College of Liberal Arts Student Services Training - In Fall 2012, over 60+ Student Services staff, including academic advisors and career counselors, were trained on making their services more inclusive and user-friendly for trans-identified students.  Members of the GLBTA Programs Office & Transgender Commission covered everything from preferred names & pronouns on student records to the advising tech system to disparities impacting the lives of trans-identified students.
  • Disability Services 'Tri-Collaboration' - On Thursday, April 4, 2013, GLBTA Programs Office is partnering with Disability Services & Trans Commission to bring filmmaker Eliza Greenwood and her documentary "Austin Unbound" which features a deaf trans-identified student exploring intersecting identities, including disability and gender identity.  Following the film will be a panel of deaf and trans-identified community members discussing intersectionality.
  • Trans* Awareness Project - The GLBTA Programs Office is partnering with Trans Commission, Queer Student Cultural Center, & University Libraries to create the Trans* Awareness Project, a photo project across the U of M campus and local Twin Cities community which features several students, employees, and community members along with a website of resources to increase knowledge around trans* identities.  Launch date was March 3, 2013 with a kick-off lunchtime event on Fri March 8, 2013.  Check out
  • Trans-Inclusive Health Benefits - As of Fall 2012, the U of M Student Health Benefits Plan is now more inclusive of all bodies and genders, allowing for assistance with health care deemed medically necessary by a health care professional.  This is a huge accomplishment and collaboration across Boynton Health Services, Office of Student Affairs, Transgender Commission, and the GLBTA Programs Office.