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LGBT* Center

Campus Resources

The LGBTQ community is ever evolving, as is our campus. In our efforts to promote healthy, engaged, successful LGBTQ students and allies, we are continuously working to grow our relationships across campus. In the space below, you may find information about some of the resources that we offer. For more information, please contact us at lgbt@uni.edu.

Direct Support

Staff Support

If you would like to speak to someone who is knowledgeable and supportive of the LGBTQ community in a private setting, the LGBT* Center staff is here to support you! You can request support through our online LGBT* Student Support Request, e-mail us at lgbt@uni.edu, or stop into the LGBT* Center on the second floor of the Maucker Union. Our LGBT* Student Services Coordinator is available to students from 8 AM - 5 PM and can also meet outside of the LGBT* Center for anyone who may want to meet elsewhere on campus.

Peer Mentor Support

We also offer a mentoring program to incoming students or students who would like additional peer support adjusting to life at UNI as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Our mentoring program is designed for the first 6 weeks of the new semester, but requests for mentors outside of that time frame can be accommodated. Please visit this link for more information.

 

Housing

The Department of Residence offers several inclusive housing options in traditional residence halls (first-year+), ROTH (second-year+), and Panther Village (third-year+). Students can decide their own level of comfort when it comes to disclosing their identities to staff, roommates, or peers in the residence halls. Please view the Department of Residence's Inclusive Housing page for more information.

For specific questions relating to housing, please contact us at lgbt@uni.edu.

 

Restrooms

list of single occupancy restrooms provides the locations of inclusive and single stall restrooms across the UNI campus. We are currently updating this list. While traveling through throughtout the state of Iowa and across the nation we encourage the use of Refuge Restrooms website or app, whose goal is to provide safe restrooms access for transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming individuals.

 

Name and Gender Marker Changes

We are in the process of creating a resource guide for individuals at UNI who are interested in learning about name and gender marker changes on university records. We currently encourage individuals to contact the LGBT* Center at lgbt@uni.edu to schedule an appointment to discuss options surrounding both university and legal records. We also encourage individuals who are interested in pursuing a legal route to name and gender marker changes in Iowa to utilize this Iowa Guide to Changing Legal Identity Documents. UNI has several Notary Publics in the Office of Business Operations, Public Safety, and other offices located in Gilchrist Hall available to notarize Name Change Petitions and Amended Birth Certificate forms. LGBT* Center staff will support individuals through these process. 

 

Scholarships

  • We encourage UNI students to use the UNI Scholarship Application to apply for scholarships. A few LGBTQ-specific scholarships are available on this application. To be considered, please mark your identity as an LGBTQ student in the demographic information.
  • Students may also be interested in looking at LGBTQ-specific scholarships available on the national level. The largest scholarship fund for LGBTQ students is the Point Foundation, which awards over 80 scholarships each year.
  • Students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to and have an active role in the support of LGBT issues may consider applying to the Agathon Fellowship.

 

Financial Aid 

Some of concerns facing the LGBTQ community include barriers and complications with name or gender changes, the need for dependent override on the FAFSA, and possibilities fo being deadnamed during financial aid appointments. We are proud that our Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is supportive of LGBTQ-identfying students and has a point person for LGBTQ students. The primary contact for LGBTQ-identifying students at the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is Renae Carillo. Renae can be reached at renae.carrillo@uni.edu, at (319)273-2799, or by stopping by Gilchrist 105.

 

Reporting Incidents of Bias

Members of our community who have experienced bias-related incidents are encouraged to report their experience to the Bias Reponse Team using this online form. Anyone who has experienced a crime or an emergency is encouraged to call 911 or Public Safety at (319) 273-2712. If you would support at any time during the reporting process, please stop by the LGBT* Center, call us at (319) 273-5428, e-mail us at lgbt@uni.edu, or use our online student support request. Individuals requesting a confidential advocate following sexual assault should contact Joan Thompson, Health Educator & Victim Services, at (319) 273-2137 or joan.thompson@uni.edu.
 

Campus Partners

The LGBT* Center works collaboratively with a large number of campus offices. Some of the offices we most frequently partner with include: