Working Group for Transgender Inclusion

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UB has convened a team of faculty and staff to examine policies and practices that will support the full inclusion of our transgender community.  

The team is composed of subgroups examining the following issues:

Use of Preferred Name on Identification Cards, in Data Systems and in Academic Records

This subgroup is examining UB's record and data systems to enable the use of students' and employees' chosen names.  This will impact class rosters, directory listings, ubit names and other on-campus communications where a legal change of name is not required.

Physical Facilities

The Physical Facilities subgroup will be ensuring that housing, restrooms, changing areas and other spaces are inclusive.  This includes gender-inclusive options as well as protecting an individual's choice to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.

Student Services and Resources

The Student Services and Resources subgroup is examining best practices to ensure that UB provides transgender students with support, assistance, and an inclusive learning environment.  

Employee Services and Resources

The Employee Services and Resources group is examining practices that will support employees who are transitioning, and that will promote an inclusive and supportive work environment.  

External Communications, Education and Advocacy

New York State laws, regulations, and policies impact our ability to provide seamless inclusion for our transgender community.  The External Communications, Education and Advocacy subgroup is planning strategies to ensure that our legislators and other elected representatives understand the importance of transgender inclusion to UB.

Campus Education and Campus Climate

The Campus Education and Campus Climate group is examining the information and outreach to students, faculty, staff and other members of the UB community to raise awareness of practices that promote transgender inclusion, to assess areas where there may be difficulties, and to plan strategies to improve our campus climate.

We Want Your Feedback!

If you have experiences, suggestions or any information that would be helpful to our committee as we move forward, we would love to hear from you!  Please take a moment to write to us or to call us at (716) 645-2266.

Working Group Members

Kevin Ahuna - Intercultural Diversity Center

James Bowman – International Student and Scholar Services

Oscar Budde – International Education

Tim Chevral – Anthropology

Mark Coldren – Human Resources

Jessica Coram - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Sherri Darrow – Health Promotion

Mary Clare Fahey - Campus Living

Frances Fiscus - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Kesha Lanier Foster - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Faren Gault Wilson – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

James L. Jarvis – SUNY Counsel

Elizabeth Marshall - Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Norman McCarter - Athletics

Kimberly Navarroli - Campus Living

Sharon Nolan-Weiss - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Joseph Rizzo – Office of the Registrar

Lawrence Schnitzer – IT

Barbara Ricotta – Student Affairs

Stacy Tuberdyke - University Police

Kathy Twist – Athletics

Michael Wright – University Facilities