Gender inclusion

UAF is a campus where EVERYONE is welcome and EVERYONE belongs. UAF prohibits gender-based harassment and violence, whether that’s sexual assault, harassment of a transgender or individual not conforming to gender norms, if it is so severe or pervasive that it affects a student’s ability to get their education or an employee’s ability to perform their duties.

All members of the UAF community are entitled to learn, live and work in an environment free from gender- based discrimination and harassment, including members of the LGBTQ community.

Board of Regents’ Nondiscrimination Policy states:

“discrimination against any individual because of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status is prohibited.”

Although gender identity is specified in the nondiscrimination statement, both gender expression and gender identity are covered under the protected class of sex.

UAF provides gender inclusive restrooms allowing transgender students use the restrooms, locker rooms, and housing consistent with their gender identity; so trans students can participate fully in all the educational programs and activities UAF has to offer. 

UAF is promoting diversity through gender inclusive initiatives across campus through the Gender Inclusive Committee, as well as hosting several student programs throughout the year at the Nanook Diversity and Action Center (NDAC). NDAC promotes a community of inclusion, social justice, and cultural pluralism by providing educational programs that honor and support diverse and intersectional identities and to promote a campus free of violence, harassment, and abuse through the use of Green Dot and other prevention strategies.

This guide to gender inclusiveness provides you with some of the basic tools and resources to help ensure that UAF is gender inclusive.

Simply put, being a welcoming and supportive community is just who we are as #NanookNation. If you would like to suggest other ways to foster diversity and inclusion on our campus, email

Additional resources:

  • UAF Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
    GSA is UAF’s student group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students.
  • Nanook Diversity and Action Center
    The Nanook Diversity and Action Center, located in the Wood Center, promotes social justice on campus.
  • Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity
    The Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity ensures equity and compliance with civil rights. Student Health and Counseling Center Provides medical and counseling services to eligible UAF students, including hormone therapy.
  • Gender Pioneers
    Local peer to peer support group for transgender and genderqueer folks in Interior Alaska.
  • Fairbanks PFLAG
    Local chapter of PFLAG which advocates for equality for the LGBTQ community.
  • Identity Alaska
    Mission: to advance Alaska’s LGBT community through advocacy, education and connectivity.
  • Human Rights Campaign
    Leading national advocacy organization for the LGBTQ community.
    National organization working to promote accurate and positive representation in the media.
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
    Devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people.
  • Transgender Law Center
    The Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy and attitudes so all people can live safely, authentically and free from discrimination.
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