Policies and Practices for Transgender Support Subcommittee

Purpose

The Policies and Practices for Transgender Support Subcommittee works on behalf of the CSU community, striving to create a culture and climate where all at CSU are welcomed, valued and affirmed.  We believe that providing the opportunity for individuals to share their preferences regarding gender identity, name, and pronouns helps support an inclusive and non-discriminatory environment.  The subcommittee is part of an umbrella of campus advocacy groups that collaborate on and communicate about current initiatives, including the Inclusive Physical and Virtual Campus Committee, Health Network Transgender Health Care Team, Gender Identity Task Force, and Women and Gender Collaborative.

Membership

Reports & Recommendations

Currently, the subcommittee is working on use of preferred name within our campus community. We recognize that many individuals at the University may use a name other than their legal name to identify themselves.  This committee is working with campus partners to ensure and promote the use of student and employee preferred name in all instances where legal name is not required.

Recommendations

  1. Create list of campus offices where:
    1. Preferred name can and will be used, or is already being used.
    2. Legal name must be used.
  2. Address systems issues, when possible, to increase functionality surrounding preferred name.
  3. Support the use of an official, centrally stored preferred name in the Student Information System.
  4. Communicate to campus community:
    1. Support creation of University policy regarding “name”.
    2. Support transparent messaging, by enhancing information to students and employees regarding preferred name use on campus (include process).
    3. Prioritize and educate key campus constituents, for example New Employee Orientation, New Department Chair Trainings, Council of Deans Meeting, etc.

Areas of Focus For Future Committee(s) Consideration

  1. Gender Identity: use work from Gender Identity Task Force, to guide next steps. Potential changes to CSU Admissions Application may guide timeline.
  2. Use of pronouns