Do you identify under the broad umbrella of transgender? This includes, but is not limited to, transgender or transexual female, transgenderor transexual male, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming. Or are you a significant other, friend, family member, or ally (SOFFAs)? The GSC hopes this web page can offer support and resources. It is a work in progress, so please provide feedback or comments to email@example.com.
We value self-determination and self-identity. Wherever you are in your gender identity journey, we affirm this advocate that you have safety and inclusion in the classroom, the residence halls, and in the UIC community. O
Tips for the (or even before) the first day of classes
- Even if you haven't had or want a legal name change, but you want to be called a name other than what might be on the class roster, you can e-mail your instructor ahead of time 1) introducing yourself and 2) telling them that you want to be called X. We suggest you do this at least one week ahead of time, as the first week of classes is usually very stressful and chaotic for everyone.
- Or, you can also try and speak with the instructor a few minutes before class. This is not ideal as there's not a lot of time.
- If you encounter any challenges, you can let the GSC know and/or make an appointment during their office hours.
U of I Non-Discrimination Statement
- This includes "... sexual orientation, including gender identity." The full statement here...
- Students are working to add gender expression.
Single stall, Gender Neutral Restrooms
- GUS the student organization worked hard to take an inventory and make a list of the restrooms on East and South Campus. They are continuing to work on West Campus.
- BSB: 1st floor, near the elevators, the entry is on the west side of the Men's restroom
- UH: 4th floor
- Walkway between Burnhall Hall and Addams Hall
- Student Center East Tower: 8th fl
- Student Recreational Facilitiy: ground level floor on the right, about 100 feet after entering; there are two gender neutral, single stall restrooms also with a shower; there are also lockers in this area; *note, this area is not well marked, but it is available for anyone to use
- Most likely, many of the courses around transgender will be in the Gender and Women's Studies Department; many of these courses are cross-listed with history, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines.
- Sample of courses; Read more...
Transgender Safe Zone 102
- This is a University sanctioned training that is free and open to the public and UIC community that is done by the GSC. It is also part of the Safe Zone certificate program where you can take four different trainings to earn the Safe Zone certificate. Read more...
Interested in a legal name change?
- The GSC staff have been trained on the process by the Transformative Justice Law Project (TJLP/tjlp.org). We can assist and/or refer you.
- As a UIC student, you also have the ability to work with UIC Legal Services. This is a free service for all UIC students.
- To have a new name on your I-card, you must have a legal name change.
- There is a cost for this unless you qualify for a fee waiver.
What if I want a different gender marker on my IL State ID, Driver's License, or I-card?
- If you were born in Illinois then this makes everything a lot easier. This is do able with a doctor's letter. No surgeries or hormones are required for this to happen.
- For this change, we would advise you to consult TJLP.
- Cost is unsure.
Need for support and advocacy
- The GSC can provide this whether it is between you and a peer, instructor, employer, or roommate.
- We can help mediate and/or offer creative solutions to lessen stress and conflict.
- The Gender Umbrella Society is the UIC student organization that builds community as well as advocates for policy and procedure change for transgender students. They were instrumental and the driving force for the student health insurance to have gender affirming surgeries for the fall of 2013. They meet weekly during the academic year.
NEW- CampusCare including Gender Affirming Surgeries
- Beginning the fall of 2013, students who are enrolled in UIC's CampusCare, the student health insurance have the ability for some surgeries to be covered.
- Hormones and syringes remain covered and can be facilited through Family Medicine.
- Some details are still to be communicated.
- There is a UIC lifetime maximum cap; and for some surgeries that the U of I Hospital cannot conduct, there will be an out-of-network expense.
- Thank you to all the students, faculty, and staff that supported this significant initiative.
Living in Campus Housing
- Campus Housing honors and recognizes one's gender identity no matter any physical modifications. The GSC has done a few Safe Zone trainings with the student residence life staff members, and we explicitly discuss about the needs of the transgender communities.
- We suggest that you think about your housing needs, and if you feel comfortable, speak with someone at the GSC or Campus Housing to make sure you feel the safest, comfortable, and included. Your privacy can be held in confidence.
- If you do decide to physically transition, which then might have an impact on your housing accommodations, the best thing is to plan ahead. But know that you're not alone and you have support.
- If living on-campus is important to you, we want to make sure you can continue in the residential community.