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LGBTQ+ Students

MIAD is committed to providing a safe educational environment, free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. We foster tolerance, sensitivity, understanding and mutual respect. Embracing diversity is one of MIAD’s Core Values; inclusivity is central to our community. We support LGBTQ+ students and employees through resources and services that promote a successful college experience.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

MIAD includes gender, gender identity and gender expression in its non-discrimination policy. If you experience a negative experience based on your gender, gender identity or gender expression, contact the Dean of Students (Tony Nowak, Rm RL45C).

On-campus Resources

SUPPORT STAFF

Richard Anderson-Martinez, Director of Inclusivity
Room 240
randersonmartinez@miad.edu

Hanna Hobson, Student Support Counselor
Room RL80C
hannahobson@miad.edu
(414) 847-3349

Matthew Stricker, Housing Coordinator
Room RL80A
matthewstricker@miad.edu

PROCEDURE FOR STUDENTS DECLARING GENDER

  • All transgender and non-binary students are able to declare their gender at any time during registration.
  • The declaration process begins in the Registrar’s Office by declaring your gender and pronouns.
  • The Registrar’s Office will notify a student’s faculty of any name or pronoun changes.
  • Students may have to self-advocate and communicate their transition to faculty and staff outside of the classroom.

LEGAL Names

  • Legal names are used for enrollment verification, official transcript, FERPA, financial aid and student financial accounts, student employment, and any other documentation that is tied to a student’s social security number. Students can receive (upon request to IT) an alias email with alternate name. Alternate names can be used in all other cases including MIAD ID cards, student directory, and class rosters.
  • Any legal documentation of a name change should be given to the Registrar’s Office. If you are interested in learning how to legally change your name, you can find more info here: http://forge-forward.org/publications-resources/wisconsin-resources-and-faqs/name-change/.
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ALL GENDER RESTROOMS AT MIAD

MIAD’s all-gender restroom is located on the River Level (east end). MIAD’s Residence Hall, Two50Two, has an all-gender restroom located in the lobby.

On-Campus inclusive Housing

All transgender and non-binary Students can contact Marianne Di Ulio to determine their best living situation in the dorms.

Marianne Di Ulio, Director of Residential Living and Student Engagement
Room RL 45H, Ph: 414‑847‑3246 mariannediulio@miad.edu

MIAD Clubs

  • STUDENT LGBTA ORGANIZATION: GENDERS AND SEXUALITIES ALLIANCE
  • For more information, contact Abby Schwab, abigailschwab@miad.edu for more information.

 

Community Resources

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY COUNSELING

We are invested in creating a community based on mutual respect, understanding and openness. As a staff, we expect that we will support each other in the process of self-exploration around issues of diversity, challenging our own biases and engaging in dialogues for growth.

UNITE: UNIVERSITY NETWORK FOR INTERSEX AND TRANS EMPOWERMENT

To advance the interests and well-being of trans gender, gender non-conforming, and intersex students on campus(UWM) and the larger Milwaukee community through education, social support and political advocacy

MKE LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is dedicated to serving the needs of LGBTQ people and to making the Greater Milwaukee area safer and more inclusive. The Center offers programming around anti-violence, healthy relationships, counseling, financial coaching, as well as a lending library with over 2000 LGBT titles, meeting space for over 100 groups during the year, computer/internet access, and resource referrals

MILWAUKEE PRIDE

The mission of Milwaukee Pride, Inc is to educate both the general community and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) communities about needs, issues and various aspects of the LGBT culture; to provide a forum to celebrate the history and accomplishments of LGBT people; to create an environment for networking and outreach for services and community opportunities for LGBT people and their families and friends

GENDERQUEER MILWAUKEE

Genderqueer Milwaukee is a free and open community group whose mission includes: bringing people together to talk and think about gender in new ways, increasing visibility of gender variant people and educating the larger Milwaukee community on issues of importance to people in the gender variant community

DIVERSE & RESILIENT

At Diverse & Resilient, we see a future in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Wisconsin thrive, living healthy, satisfying lives in save, supportive communities

CREAM CITY FOUNDATION

Cream City Foundation mobilizes philanthropic resources by harnessing the pride, passion, and commitment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies to advance the human rights and respond to the human needs of LGBT people in Southeastern Wisconsin

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES – LGBT HEALTH

In order to create a health promoting environment and to reduce health inequities, LGBT persons must have access to culturally competent medical treatment and prevention services and must be in included in public health outreach programs. The first step toward accomplishing this goal is to make the LGBT community, service providers, educators, and the boarder public aware of health issues affecting LGBT people and to make resources available to address these issues

CDC LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER HEALTH

The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities

National Resources

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Bisexual.org is a project designed to introduce our community to the world. With this site, we hope to bring faces and voices of the bi community to the world, share accurate information, answer questions, and provide resources for further learning.

At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.

The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

 

IMPORTANT TERMS

LGBTQAAI – The acronym that means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. The addition of a “Q” at the end often means “questioning” or “queer.” One “A” stands for “asexual”, another for “allies”. The “I” means “intersex”.

Queer – Some LGBTQ people use this term as a way of reclaiming the power associated in the past with this term and other derogatory terms (such as fag or dyke). Others use it as a more general all-inclusive term to represent a variety of sexual orientations and/or gender identities or anything that defies easy definition or categorization. Like any term or label, there is no general consensus on what Queer means, and it is still considered offensive by older generations.
 
Transgender | An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.
 
Non-binary | An adjective describing a person who does not identify exclusively as a man or a woman. Non-binary people may identify as being both a man and a woman, somewhere in between, or as falling completely outside these categories. While many also identify as transgender, not all non-binary people do. 
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