Gender inclusion

Inclusivity at UAF

UAF is a campus where EVERYONE is welcome and EVERYONE belongs. UAF prohibits gender-based harassment and violence targeting transgender individuals and/or individuals not conforming to gender norms.  All members of the UAF community are entitled to learn, live and work in an environment free from sexual and gender- based discrimination.

Simply put, being a welcoming and supportive community is just who we are as #NanookNation.


UA policy and regulation

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

Chapter 01.04 Sexual and Gender-Based Discrimination Policy details how to report, the investigatory process and resources available.


How UAF is promoting inclusivity of the LGBTQIA+ community

LGBTQIA+ is an umbrella term that is often used to refer to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual as well as myriad other communities, as a whole. UAF is promoting diversity and inclusion of this community through inclusion initiatives across campus in the following ways:  

Examples

  • Diversity and Equal Opportunity Department - Title IX
    The Diversity and Equal Opportunity Department ensures equity and compliance with civil rights laws and the UA Board of Regents Policy and Regulations on nondiscrimination. Report sexual and gender-based discrimination here

  • Gender inclusive restrooms and housing
    UAF provides options that allow 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.

  • Gender inclusion training
    Training is provided to educate students and employees at UAF on ways to foster diversity and inclusion in the education and work environments. To request training, email uaf-TIX@alaska.edu.

  • Gender Inclusive Work Group
    This group reviews and addresses inclusion and safety related issues in athletic programs, facilities, health care and counseling, ensures systems allow for inclusion such as preferred names, travel, training and education as well as policy updates.

  • Gender and Sexuality Alliance
    GSA is a student group that works to promote diversity, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for everyone on the UAF campus. GSA meetings are safe spaces where they gather to plan events, play games, have discussions, and meet new people. Absolutely everyone is welcome!

  • Green Dot program
    The UAF Green Dot strategy is a violence prevention program based on empowering bystanders. When people attend our bystander training, they learn to recognize potentially harmful situations and how to safely intervene. A green dot is the single choice to use your words or actions to prevent someone from being harmed.

  • Human Resources Office
    The Human Resources Office oversees fair and equitable recruitment, professional development and retention of employees at UAF.

  • Nanook Diversity and Action Center (NDAC)
    NDAC is a student-focused center that provides programs that promote and foster a community of inclusion, social justice, and cultural pluralism that honor and support diverse and intersectional identities and promote a campus free of violence, harassment, and abuse through the use of Green Dot and other prevention strategies.

  • Resource and Advocacy Center
    The Resource and Advocacy Center provides confidential advocacy and resource referral to UAF students, staff and faculty survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual harassment. The office is staffed by confidential advocates from the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living.

  • Safe Zone Project
    You may have seen a sticker or sign that indicate that a person is a "Safe Zone" or has been "Safe Zone Trained." These signs mean a person is open to talking about and being supportive of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning +) individuals and identities. 

  • Student Health and Counseling Center
    The Student Health and Counseling Center provides medical and counseling services to eligible UAF students, including hormone therapy.

More information

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

If you would like to suggest other ways to foster diversity and inclusion on our campus, email uaf-TIX@alaska.edu.

Off-campus resources:

  • Alaska Airlines
    Alaska Airlines (AA) encourages the LGBT community to travel to Pride events and gay-friendly destinations all over the country. AA has put together a site to highlight destinations that support marriage equality, Pride celebrations, and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Some travel may be discounted.

  • Alaska Pride
    This is Anchorage's official "Pride" celebration website.

  • Fairbanks PFLAG
    The local chapter of PFLAG which advocates for equality for the LGBTQ community.

  • Gender Pioneers
    Local peer to peer support group for transgender and genderqueer folks in Interior Alaska.

  • GLAAD
    A national organization working to promote accurate and positive representation in the media.

  • GLBT National Help Center at 1-888-THE-GLNH (888-843-4564)
    Provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

  • Human Rights Campaign
    Leading national advocacy organization for the LGBTQ community.

  • Identity Alaska
    Mission: to advance Alaska's LGBT community through advocacy, education and connectivity.

  • 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.

  • Trevor Project
    Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
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