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Transgender Student Resources

Tulane University is committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, age, or disability.  Through the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), Tulane facilitates a welcoming space for students who are exploring their gender identity or who identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, non-binary, or gender fluid to connect with social, cultural, spiritual, academic, and health resources.  Below you will find an abbreviated list of resources that transgender students may find useful during their time at Tulane.  For more details about these and other resources, please stop by or call the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity.

 

Welcoming Spaces

Whether on the uptown or downtown campus, you can expect Tulane University to be a welcoming and inclusive environment.  Additionally, there are several spaces that specifically serve as a hub for gender and sexual diversity on campus. It is from these spaces that LGBTIQA students meet, socialize, work, play, study, and rest.  

  • The O is a comfortable lounge space on the garden level of the student center, Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC G04), and is place for students to drop in and relax any time.  It is comprised of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD), the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), and Religious Life.  Every Wednesday we have free community lunch at noon! Join us! 
  • The Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity (OGSD) is a safe space for gender variant and transgender students to connect to campus-wide resources and receive support. OGSD offers a peer mentorship program, social and cultural programming, leadership opportunities and retreats, academic and career development in gender and sexuality studies, opportunities for critical dialogue and engagement, and internships.  OGSD also sponsors lectures, panels, performances, and workshops to foster open living and learning environments. Located on the garden level of the Lavin-Bernick Center (G04). 504-314-2183 or ogsd@tulane.edu
  • The Mosaic Lounge is a designated safe space for LGBTIQA students; it is located on the ground floor of Warren House, beside SOHO (Weatherhead).  Inside the MOSAIC lounge you will find safe sex supplies, Internet access, a TV, DVD player, movies, games, books, information, and much more.

Gender-Inclusive Housing

Gender-Inclusive Housing (GIH) allows undergraduate students of any gender the option of living with other students regardless of their gender.  While all housing on campus is expected to be free of bias and discrimination, GIH was designed to be a particularly comfortable home on campus for students who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, queer, and questioning and their allies (LGBTIQA).  Options include both single and double bedrooms.  Students may pull in eligible roommate(s), select a single within an apartment/suite, or request to be assigned a roommate.   Beginning in February of 2016 students will be able to apply online through the main application process.  For more information, please contact Jon Tingley in Housing and Residence Life at 504-247-1516 or jtingley@tulane.edu or Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity at 504-314-2183 or ogsd@tulane.edu. 


Academics 

The Gender and Sexuality Studies (GeSS) Program is the primary hub for teaching and research on gender and sexuality in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and biological sciences at Tulane University. The GeSS Program offers a Major and Minor in addition to a Graduate Certificate.  Students may choose from over forty courses taught by faculty from fourteen academic departments.  Newcomb Hall B03.

 

Student Organizations

At Tulane you may join student clubs, a multicultural LGBTIQA inclusive sorority, and/or a council of student leaders who work with the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and campus administrators. You can connect to these organizations on Facebook, OrgSync or at the Student Activities Expo! Most clubs meet every other week and all welcome new members

Organizations include: 

Gender Exploration Society (GES)**
Gender & Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC)
Queer Student Alliance (QSA)
Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane (SWEET)
Queer Feminist Collective (QFC)
Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL)
Tulane Society for Sexuality, Health, and Gender (Public Health Grad)
Lambda Law Society (Law Students)
TOGA (Medical Students).  

Contact ogsd@tulane.edu for times of meetings.  

**The Gender Exploration Society (GES) is an undergraduate student club that seeks to make a safer space for transgender and gender non-conforming people who attend Tulane and Loyola. For more information, find Gender Exploration on Facebook.  Or email ogsd@tulane.edu.

 

Health & Well-Being

SPECTRUM: A Gender Group facilitated by CAPS
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) facilitates a gender group for students who are exploring their gender identity or who identify as gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, non-binary, transsexual, or gender fluid. These weekly sessions are free and students may drop in and out as their schedules allow throughout the semester.  To find out when Spectrum meets each semester, contact CAPS at 504-314-2277.  

Gender and Sexuality Health Clinic at the Student Health Center
Transgender individuals can expect high quality and culturally competent primary care from Tulane’s Student Health Services.  Doctors and nurses provide non-judgmental care and respect, protecting your rights and privacy.  On campus services include hormone therapy plans, STI testing and treatments, prescription refills, and counseling referrals. Clinics are located uptown and downtown and offer specialized services for stress management, substance issues, and transgender health.  The Gender and Sexuality Health Clinic is offered one day a week to provide a particularly comfortable space for LGBTIQA students.  For more information about making an appointment, locations, nurse advice, the pharmacy, etc., go to http://tulane.edu/health

Individual Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a supportive, safe space for students of all genders and sexual identities.   Whether you are questioning, exploring, or identify as transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid, or LGBTQIA, CAPS is dedicated to providing you with high quality, confidential mental health services.  To schedule an appointment, call 504-314-2277 or 504-865-5255 ext. 7. You can also walk into CAPS, which is located in the Science and Engineering Lab, from 8:30-5pm, Mon-Fri. For after hour emergencies call (504) 264-6074.


Preferred Name and Pronoun

Tulane offers an online process for students to indicate a preferred first name that can be used on Splash Cards and faculty rosters. Transgender students can also indicate their pronoun to the Registrar. The preferred pronoun will be shared with academic advisors, Campus Health providers, and faculty (through class rosters). Students who would like to have a preferred first name on their Splash Card should first enter the information through Gibson Online and then visit the Splash Card Office in the LBC to receive a new card.  Students who would like to indicate their preferred pronoun should also enter this information via Gibson Online.  For more information and FAQ’s on the use of preferred first name and pronoun please visit the Registrar's website.

Division of Student Affairs, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-2188 studnaff@tulane.edu