I often conduct trans-inclusion trainings for professionals on college campuses and was delighted to read an article today from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s, Maneater Student Newspaper.
The article announced the launch of a website intended to help transgender students, staff and faculty on Mizzou’s campus. The site was designed by a group on campus called the, Trans Action Team under the direction of graduate student, Garrett Hoffman. Garrett was inspired by a similar site he had come across from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and decided his campus would also benefit from a website resource. It is designed to be a one-spot stop for information regarding general education about transgender issues, housing options, facilities (like where to find gender neutral restrooms) and current policies that affect the trans* community.
I think this is an amazing development and one I hope to see more colleges start to create. Through a site like this, students, staff and faculty can show administrators where there are successes and where there are great gaps in serving the transgender community. It can also potentially help increase an individual’s sense of safety when looking at a campus and noting where there are places that accommodate gender nonconforming and transgender individuals. Through collaboration with other campus departments, I can see sites like this becoming highly-successful and useful for people on campus, and those searching for a trans-friendly college.