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ERIC Number: EJ851067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
How to Make Your Office and Institution More Transgender Friendly
Miner, Jack
College and University, v84 n4 p69-72, 74 Spr 2009
More and more often, campuses are taking an active role in making gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) students feel welcome. This has taken a number of forms, from non-discriminatory policies with inclusive language to participation in GLBT college fairs and scholarship programs for GLBT students. The pitfall into which many colleges have fallen is grouping the GLBT community into one diversity category, but concentrating only on the GLB portion and forgetting about transgender students. As more and more students identify themselves as transgender, it is important for colleges to be prepared at a minimum and, at best, to make them feel as welcome as any other student population. Registrar and admissions offices regularly become the first point of contact for transgender students because their student record is such a significant part of their college experience. A balancing act for institutions is to deal appropriately with the record while honoring the confidentiality of the student. In many cases, the student's classmates, instructors, employers, or future college or university do not know they have transitioned. For example, if someone has transitioned from male to female and has changed her birth certificate and social security information to reflect that she is female, she is, in all legal aspects, female. Colleges reporting on a transcript that the student is male not only causes confusion, but also could reveal inappropriate information to an employer. Having procedures in place to work with transgender students and alumni can help ensure that they are acting responsibly. This article provides guidance in a number of areas in which colleges and universities can work to make their campuses more inclusive of transgender students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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