Top 10 Things LGBTQIA Students Should Know

There's so much to know about the LGBTQIA community here at the U of M! The Top 10 list is a quick snapshot of information that's important for you to know.

1)  “Top 30 Most LGBT-Friendly Campuses in the U.S.”

  • Nearly 450 colleges surveyed by CampusPride - 99% overall rating
  • Categories: LGBTQIA 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
  • Conf Presentations:  MN Out Campus Conf, NGLTF Creating Change, MN College Personnel Association

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

4)  30+ GLBTA groups & initiatives across U of M – Get Involved!

  • Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life has many of these (Click HERE)
  • Queer Student Cultural Center (QSCC) on 2nd Floor Coffman has student-led member groups
  • Academic groups exist (MN Queer Science, Compass - Carlson, St. Paul Advisory Group – CFANS)

5)  Open & Inclusive Spaces

  • Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life’s 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-Neutral Housing
  • All-Gender Restrooms located around campus (Click HERE)

6)  Academic Awards

  • The GSC gives 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 the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life’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
  • No fiscal "cap" in services deemed medically necessary by a health care professional
  • Collaboration across Trans Commission, Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life, Boynton, Office of Student 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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