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Dozens of on- and off-campus resources for LGBTQ+ people at UVM

Let us help you get connected to the resources you're most interested in and find the information you need now.

Housing

Residential Life provides several options for students who are looking for safer space and/or LGBTQ+ community in the residence halls.  The options for first year students are slightly different than for returners. All students can opt-in to gender-inclusive housing on their housing contract.

Prospective Student Housing FAQ (last updated spring 2021)

Incoming First Year Students

Most first year UVM students live in one of seven themed learning communities.  Learning communities bring students with similar interests together.  Each community is expected to address core issues of social justice and inclusion.  As you explore each learning community you will find information about the buildings the community occupies including gender-inclusive restroom and shower information (look for the sidebar on the righthand side of the page).

Learning Community & Roommate Preferences

Incoming students should rank their learning community preferences in their housing and meal plan contract.  You can also list one or two roommate preferences.  Don't worry if you don't already know someone you want to live with, many lgbtqa+ students meet someone at orientation to room with as they get to know folks in their learning community.  You will have a chance after orientation to go back into your contract and specify your roommate preference.  If you have concerns about finding a roommate as an lgbtqa+ student, email us and we will try and match you with a student in the same situation.

Alternative Housing for First Year Students

The LGBTQA+ first year suite can house up to 6 first year students. It is not part of a Learning Community.  It is intended  for transgender, queer, bisexual, lesbian, gay and students with other diverse sexual and gender identities who need an alternative to other on-campus housing options at UVM.  Requests to be moved into the suite from a different housing assignment should be sent to the Prism Center via e-mail.

Apply for the LGBTQA+ First Year Suite (this link will take you to a supplemental housing application. You must sign in with your UVM netid in order to access the form.)

Returning Students

At least one LGBTQ+ community-focused housing option is usually offered in the student-designed Living/Learning program.  These programs are designed by students, for students. For example, the LGBTQA Collaborative is a group of students devoted to learning and expanding awareness of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and intersecting identities. For a full list of current offerings please visit https://www.uvm.edu/reslife/student-programs.

Please contact Res Life and/or the Prism Center if you have questions or concerns about your learning community's environment for queer and trans people.

Residential Life statement on Gender-Inclusive Housing

Res Life also has options for students with unique requests, including summer housing and academic break housing.  Please visit Res Life for more information.

Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

Learn about efforts to provide gender-inclusive restrooms at UVM.

View the campus map filter for gender-inclusive restrooms in public UVM buildings.  Toggle the filters in the left-hand menu to view gender-inclusive restrooms in private buildings.

Health & Wellness

LGBTQ+-affirming mental and physical healthcare services are available through the Center for Health and Wellbeing as well as Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS).  

During the academic semester, students can access counseling and health care services in a safe and identity-affirming environment at the Prism Center in Allen House 106.  LGBTQ+-identified counselors and medical staff are available for drop-in or by-appointment consultations.  Days and hours vary by semester and interested students should consult our full calendar for up-to-date information.

Visit Student Health Services to find out more about primary care, sexual health, and transition-related care available to students. 

UVM LivingWell, as well as the UVM Women's Center, offers a variety of gender and sexuality based programming and support throughout the academic year.  

Prism Center staff are available to answer questions or respond to concerns students may have about seeking care as a queer, trans, or LGBTQ+ person.

Pronoun & Preferred First Name Changes

All students, staff and faculty at the University of Vermont can indicate their preferred first name and pronoun to the University community regardless of whether or not they have legally changed their names.

Choosing a preferred name in the BANNER system will automatically change which name appears in many internal locations such as class lists, grade reports, unofficial transcripts, in Microsoft Teams, and the Residential Life system.

Change your preferred name and pronoun.

It will take 24-48 hours for the change to populate through to all the other systems. In a few rare cases, the preferred name might still not appear in all locations.

If you find that your pronoun or preferred first name is not showing up correctly somewhere on campus, you can submit a help ticket with the Tech Team. The Prism Center can also advocate for you and work with other Offices to fix errors when they occur.

Meezan-Brittenback Student Emergency Fund

The Prism Center operates a small fund to assist students facing emergency situations or urgent needs, particularly if the student may be at risk of leaving the University. The fund is administered at the discretion of the Prism Center Director. Students interested in applying for emergency assistance can apply here (link will take you to a form you must sign in to with your netid) or email prism@uvm.edu for more information. Awards from this fund typically don’t exceed $500 and preference is given to queer and trans applicants.

William “Bill” Meezan ’67 (1947-2016) and his husband Mike Brittenback, have been long-time supporters of the Prism Center and LGBTQ+ students of UVM.  They established the Meezan-Brittenback Student Emergency Fund in order to support queer and trans students during times of financial hardship.

Studying Genders & Sexualities

At UVM, sexuality and gender identities are also an academic priority.

All students can take exciting classes on LGBTQ+ subjects, present their work, and compete for awards.

Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies (SGIS) is an undergraduate minor housed in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program.

Every year, students present their work on these topics at UVM's Race, Gender, and Sexuality Conference.

And we recognize students for outstanding coursework on LGBTQ+ issues; check out the Daniel-McCarter Award and some recent winners.

Just a few of our recent courses:

  • CLASSICS Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
  • ENGLISH  Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in American Poetry
  • ENGLISH  Queer Writing
  • GENDER, SEXUALITY, & WOMEN'S STUDIES       Intro to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
  • HUMAN DEVELOPMENT  & FAMILY STUDIES        Sexual & Gender Identities
  • HEALTH    LGBTQ Health Disparities
  • HISTORY  Queer Lives: LGBT History
  • HISTORY  Sex in Modern History
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE  The Politics of Sex         
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE   LGBT Politics and History
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE    Sex Research  
  • SPANISH  Sexual Dissidence in Latin America
  • SOCIOLOGY  Sociology of Sexualities

Local & State Resources

Reporting Bias or Discrimination

UVM has a Bias Response Program for reporting bias, an umbrella term that includes, but is not limited to; incidents of harassment, discrimination, hate crimes, and micro-aggressions.  Any person who has experienced or witnessed a bias incident is encouraged to report it and seek the necessary resources.