If you're a trans* student, check out our trans info page. UVM has trans*-friendly policies ranging from a preferred name system to trans-affirming healthcare.
Information for Current Students
UVM has a vibrant community of LGBTQ students, and has implemented many policies to support its LGBTQ students. If you're currently a student at UVM, here's some information you might want to know.
Advocacy & Support
As the LGBTQA Center our purpose is to join with others at UVM to: inspire personal growth and empowerment; nurture community; educate for social justice; and advocate for liberation—which we define as the freedom to live openly in an affirming community—for all people who are lesbian, gay, bi or pansexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and everyone who aspires to be their advocates.
Both sexual orientation and gender identity/expression are included in UVM's non-discrimination policy. Additionally, the city of Burlington and the State of Vermont prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
UVM has a bias protocol to deal with incidents of bias within the University and larger Burlington Community. Details can be found online on our page on eliminating bias. UVM takes all incidents of anti-LGBTQ bias and harassment seriously. If you witness bias or harrassment, please report the incidents to Police Services or any office in the Diversity and Equity Unit.
The University of Vermont has a visible, strong and vibrant LGBTQA community including many allies and advocates. As you travel around campus will see rainbow cards that say, Affirming, or Ally: Safe Space, Safe Person displayed by students, staff, and faculty members. LGBTQA Services distributes Affirming cards at trainings workshops, and information fairs. If you would like to display an affirming card, contact the LGBTQA Center.
UVM has many opportunities for LGBTQA students to connect and network with on-campus community. Check out LGBTQA public events, and student groups for activism, support, or just socializing. The Diversity & Equity Unit provides safe spaces for LGBTQ students and other diverse identities through the LGBTQA Center's Student Lounge, the ALANA Student Center, the Women's Center, and the Davis Center's Unity Lounge.
Events for LGBTQA students, staff and faculty happen throughout the year at UVM. In September, the LGBTQA Center hosts a Welcome Back "Family" BBQ. October features a variety of events and speakers for National Coming Out Week (NCOW). At the end of Fall semester, we hold a non-denominational holiday dinner called Home For The Holidays. Many events occur in LGBTQApril, including movies, comedians, and discussion groups. At the end of the year, the Rainbow Awards and Graduation Ceremony recognizes and honors LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, the student club Free To Be organizes many events, including the popular one-day Translating Identity Conference, exploring transgender issues and experiences.
The LGBTQA Center maintains facilities for students including a Student Lounge, a Lending Library, and the David Bohnett Cybercenter. Outside the Center, here is some information about facilities elsewhere on campus:
There are over 40 gender neutral restrooms on campus, not including those in resident halls.
Residential Life provides several housing options for LGBTQA students who are looking for safer space and/or LGBT community in the Res Halls. If you are a transgender or transsexual student who has specific access needs to live in a residence hall, please contact Stacey Miller, the Director of Residential Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 656-3434. Residential Life has identified several trans-friendly housing options that include single-user, gender neutral restroom and shower facilities.
Counseling & Psychiatry
UVM's Center for Health and Wellbeing offers mental health services to students through Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS). They are committed to providing LGBTQ-sensitive counseling and actively work to educate themselves in LGBT-related topics. CAPS both provides general counseling for any issues a student wants to address in a supportive environment, and also more specific counseling services including services addressing problem eating, substance abuse, and men's issues. All services are free and confidential.
Initial appointments may be made by calling CAPS at 656-3340 or visiting CAPS on campus. You can also attend the Let's Talk drop-in counseling session. If you are uncomfortable or unsure about contacting CAPS, the LGBTQA Center can offer additional resources and guidance.
UVM provides LGBTQ-affirming healthcare services through the Center for Health and Wellbeing. These services include primary care, men's and women's health, and STI testing. Additionally, trans* students can access transition-related healthcare through the Primary Care Center or the Women's Health Center.
UVM provides many services to assist students in maintaining healthy lifestyles. The Center for Health and Wellbeing offers the Living Well outreach & education program and a Mindfulness Practice Center.
Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies (SGIS) is a full-fledged minor housed in the Women's and Gender Studies Program. SGIS offers an opportunity for structured study of sexuality and gender identity in cultural contexts and creates an intellectual framework to help students build connections among courses on LGBT issues in various disciplines.
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