Supporting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students in the College Union

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Core Competencies: Communications, Facilities Management, Intercultural Proficiency
Originally presented on June 24, 2015
This is the archived version.

Program Description

Program Description

Join ACUI Region III and V inclusivity coordinators and the Seminole Allies and Safe Zones coordinator at Florida State University for an online roundtable discussion focused on how we can create more inclusive spaces by supporting transgender and gender-nonconforming students. This discussion involves sharing best practices for creating inclusive environments on campus and in unions, including examples of how students can officially change their names (including HR procedures for student employees), student identification cards, and housing assignments. Additional conversation topics include the importance of personal gender pronouns, examples of educational resources (i.e., safe zone trainings), and how to create inclusive safe spaces in the union.

About the Presenter(s)

Jeni Eltink, director of Kirby Student Center, University of Minnesota–Duluth—ACUI Region V inclusivity coordinator

Trinity Gonzalez, assistant director of Guest Services at Oglesby Union, Florida State University—ACUI Region III inclusivity coordinator

Josh Kinchen, coordinator for Agencies and Safe Zones, Student Government Association, Florida State University

Jonathan Duke, associate director, Dobbs University Center, Emory University

Matt Adams, building services coordinator, University of Central Florida Student Union

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, participants will know about:

  • Recommendations for how professionals working in college unions can better support transgender and gender-nonconforming students
  • Policies and procedures for how students can change their names and genders at selected institutions
  • Educational opportunities for union professionals to gain a base knowledge in areas of inclusion for the LGBTQ+ population, such as Allies/Safe Zone programs
  • How to create inclusive, safe spaces within the union, such as All Gender Restrooms and LGBTQ+ resource centers

As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize ways to be more inclusive in their unions and campus spaces
  • Gain additional resources for supporting transgender and nonconforming students at their institutions
  • Have important conversations with key campus partners regarding allyship and why it is integral to the campus culture

Updated June 28, 2015