UI Enhances Efforts to Improve LGBTQ Allyship on Campus

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The University of Iowa values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all members of the campus community.

The UI has a long history of supporting LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty. In an ongoing effort to be more inclusive, the university continues to update policies and start new programs that promote cross-cultural understanding and education.

To that end, the Trans Inclusivity Taskforce formed in August 2016 and was charged to continuously seek out and implement change to foster an inclusive campus environment for trans and non-binary members of the UI community. One of its priorities included improving and maintaining the Trans@Iowa website. The website is full of valuable information for the trans community and its allies, including how to update your preferred names and pronouns, upcoming events, and frequently asked questions. The website also includes resources offered locally, statewide, and nationwide.

The Trans Inclusivity Taskforce is currently working on a variety of other initiatives, such as expanding gender-inclusive identity options in employee records systems, providing a condensed trans awareness presentation that can be delivered to various departments on campus, creating a one-hour workshop for nurses for continuing education credit, establishing a parent and family network, and labeling of all gender-inclusive restrooms on campus by the end of 2017.

For more information, visit the Trans@Iowa website at uiowa.edu/ui-trans-resources/, which includes information on gender-inclusive restrooms, identity terminology, name and gender changes, living on campus, mental and physical health resources, violence prevention and response services, and more.

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Diversity at Iowa includes resource pages for community groups: diversity.uiowa.edu/communities.

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1970 The UI becomes the first state university to officially recognize and continuously fund a gay student organization.

1996 The UI adds gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy, making it the first university to do so.

2000 The UI offers the first Rainbow Graduation to celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ graduates and their allies.

2010 Safe Zone became an official initiative of the Chief Diversity Office after being a program on campus since 1990s.

2011 The UI earns 4.5 out of 5 stars in the Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index, based on student life options, campus resources, and recruitment and retention efforts.

2012 The UI becomes the first public university to include optional questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on its admission application.

2016 The UI becomes one of the first universities in the nation to allow students to identify their preferred names, pronouns of reference, and gender identities.

2016 The UI is recognized as one of the Top 50 Best LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities, as selected by College Choice.