Transgender Resources


Student Health Insurance Covers Gender Confirming Healthcare

At present, the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) offers a “Transgender Benefit” to SHIP plan enrollees. This is available at all three AZ universities and was passed due to advocacy efforts originating at the UA.

The ABOR SHIP’s “Transgender Benefit” affords students critical access to medically necessary, gender-confirming health care. This access to care is a crucial element to the health, academic success and retention of transgender-identified students.

Depending on where you are at in the process of transitioning, you can navigate this benefit in different ways, check out the Campus Health Website for more details:
You can read the Aetna Clinical Policy Bulletin at:

Guidelines for Use of Chosen or Preferred Names at the University of Arizona

Please visit the Registrar Website for a draft of the full Guideline!

The University recognizes that many members of its community use names other than their legal or official names first provided to the University (official/legal name) to identify themselves. For some students and employees, a chosen or preferred name may be an important component of their identity. Therefore, the University has established guidelines that allow students and employees to indicate their chosen or preferred first names to the University community even if they have not changed their official/legal names.

Preferred Name Guidelines
University of Arizona students and employees may choose to identify themselves within the University community using a preferred first name that differs from their official/legal name. A student or employee’s preferred name will appear instead of the person’s official/legal name in select University-related systems and documents, provided that the preferred first name is not being used for the purpose of misrepresentation. The official/legal name will continue to be used in all University-related systems and documents that require a verified legal name.

Preferred names will be used in the following systems and records:

  • CatCard (optional)
  • Online Phonebook Directory*
  • Official Student Email Display Name
  • Official Employee Email Display Name
  • UAccess Class and Grade Rosters (for students and employees taking courses)
  • D2L/Blackboard
  • Most UAccess Student Center Navigation Panes
  • Most UAccess Employee Self-Service Navigation Panes

Official/Legal names will continue to be used for official University records, including but not limited to the following:

  • Legal Documents and Reports Produced by the University
  • Student Account Statement (Bills)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Documents
  • Transcripts
  • Enrollment Verifications
  • Student Employment Documents
  • Employment Verifications
  • Employment Documents
  • Paychecks, W2s, and other Payroll documents
  • Benefits Enrollment

Students may choose to restrict the listing of their (official or preferred) names in the online directory by changing their privacy settings in UAccess Student Center. Employees may also choose to restrict the listing of their (official or preferred) names in the online directory by contacting the Division of Human Resources at (520) 621-1684.

Gender Spectrum Support Group

When: Mondays from 3-4:00pm, September 8-December 8, 2014
Where: Administrative Conference Room C312, Third Floor Campus Health
Cost: $5 each week (can be billed to Bursar's.) Please check in at CAPS.

This group is designed for UA students who are dealing with gender identities outside of the traditional binary system, whether transitioning from the gender assigned at birth, identifying as some combination of genders, neither gender, or questioning the role of gender in their lives. Terms such as transsexual, two-spirit, neutrois, agender, gender-queer, gender-fluid, transgender (and more) have been used to describe these identities. The low cost ($5 per group,  billable to Bursar’s,) is for those who might need support and/or therapy to process their gender identity, deal with family and friends’ reactions, identify options of a transition process, and gather resources and support for issues related to gender.

For more information contact Martie van der Voort, MC, LPC at
520-621-3334 or

Relevant Policies

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy from the Office of Institutional Equity
Effective Date: December 9, 2008

The University of Arizona is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation that is unlawful or prohibited by University policy. The University prohibits discrimination, including harassment and retaliation, by University employees, students, contractors, or agents of the University and by anyone participating in a University sponsored activity against an individual based on a protected classification. Protected classification includes race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected category. The University also prohibits retaliation because an individual has engaged in a protected activity.

The University will take prompt and appropriate action to: (1) thoroughly investigate complaints under this policy; and (2) prevent, correct and, if necessary, discipline individuals who engage in behavior that violates this policy in accordance with University policies. All members of the University community are responsible for participating in creating a campus environment free from all forms of prohibited discrimination and for cooperating with University officials who investigate allegations of policy violations.

Statement on Restroom Access from the Office of Institutional Equity:

The University of Arizona strives to create and sustain a campus environment that supports and values all members of our community, including visitors. One aspect of creating a comfortable environment is providing safe, accessible, and convenient restroom facilities. Many people may experience difficulty and inconvenience when required to use gender-specific restrooms. Parents with children of a different gender are not able to accompany them into a gender-specific restroom and the same holds true for others with attendants/caregivers of a different gender. Additionally, transgender individuals may be subject to harassment or violence when using male- or female-specific restrooms. Consequently, this statement has been developed to declare the University’s commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive campus environment. 

In keeping with the University’s policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of gender identity, the University allows individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. In addition, to address restroom facility access issues not related to gender identity such as parents and attendants/caregivers as described above, the University is committed to designating and maintaining a gender-neutral restroom in as many of its buildings as reasonably feasible. In some instances a designated gender-neutral restroom may contain multiple stalls. Additionally, the University is committed to include at least one gender-neutral restroom in new buildings constructed on campus to the extent feasible.

On-Campus Housing Options

Residence Life Statement for Transgender, Genderqueer and Gender Variant Students

Residence Life is committed to supporting the self-identity of every student. If you identify as transgender, gender variant, or non-binaryand would like to talk about your housing options, please contact one of the staff below. We are very interested in discussing any questions you may have about on-campus housing, and a placement that is right for you. Please note that it is important to discuss your housing options as soon as possible, while the widest range of options is still available.

For students who’ve already completed a housing application and indicated their gender as “Transgender/Other” on your application, you will be contacted directly by Residence Life’s Coordinator of Social Justice Education to discuss placement in the UA residence halls that is right for you.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Arizona!

If you have any questions, please contact:
Hannah Lozon, Coordinator of Social Justice Education for Residence Life
(520) 626-4855
Jennifer Hoefle, Program Director for LGBTQ Affairs
(520) 626-1996

Social Justice Wing – A Gender Inclusive Housing Option
The Social Justice Wing, a living-learning program in Pima residence hall, offers gender-inclusive roommate pairings for those interested. Find out more about the Social Justice Wing.

Name & Gender Change Information from the Office of the Registrar

If you are a current employee or a former employee of the University of Arizona within the past calendar year: Changes to your name, social security number, citizenship and ethnicity are processed by your department. Fill out a Personal Action form and submit a copy of your social security card to the department you are/were employed by. Corrections to date of birth and gender changes may be processed with the Change of Personal Information form.

If you are an international student: Changes to your name, date of birth, gender, social security number, citizenship and ethnicity are processed through the International Student Programs and Services Office at 915 N Tyndall Ave. Phone: 520-621-4627.

For students:

Changes made in person:

Fill out a Change of Personal Information Form and bring your documentation (with some form of picture identification) to the Administration Building, Room 210. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday - Friday (excluding holidays and closures).

Changes made by mail or fax:

Mail a copy of your documentation and a copy of photo identification (such as a driver’s license) along with the Change of Personal Information form (including your signature) to: Office of Registration and Transcripts, Administration Building, PO Box 210066, Tucson AZ 85721-0066. Fax the same information to: 520-621-8944. All documentation must be legible if sent by fax.

Acceptable Documentation for Changes to your Personal Information:

Name Changes (Currently enrolled students only) choose one of the following:

  • Marriage License/Certificate

  • Adoption Papers

  • Court Order

  • Passport/Permanent Visa

  • Divorce Decree

  • Social Security Card

Gender Change:

  • Government Issued Documentation OR Medical Documentation

Transgender Awareness Week

Since 2006, the UA has collaborated with Wingspan’s Southern Arizona Gender Alliance and a myriad of other organizations to host Transgender Awareness Week. The goal is to raise awareness about transgender identities, raise awareness about the issues facing transgender people, and to foster a sense of commitment to serve as an ally to the transgender community.

These weeks are filled with performances, panels, workshops, discussions, trainings, and speakers. Past speakers have included Kate Bornstein, Dean Spade, and Trudie Jackson, to name a few. The week always culminates with the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is intended to be a time to memorialize those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice during the last year.

Transgender Awareness Week 2011 brought 15 programs in 6 days (Nov 14-19) with over 700 participants! Check out this year's events.

Tucson Resources

Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA)

(520) 624-1779, ext120
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance offers information, support services and social opportunities for transgender people while educating businesses and health and human services providers about transgender issues. SAGA envisions a society in which transgender and transsexual people are ensured of their basic rights and can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community. To achieve this goal, SAGA organizes educational, social, and advocacy programs for gender-diverse people and their significant others, friends, families, and allies.

Made for Flight
Made for Flight is a transgender youth and ally empowerment workshop series designed to celebrate youth voice and resiliency. We build kites to commemorate the transgender individuals who have been murdered in the last year.

Made for Flight creates a space specifically for youth voice during the preparation for, and the implementation of, Tucson’s Fifth Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), culminating with a public display of hand-made kites that celebrate the lives of murdered Transgender individuals and a youth literary reading at UA.

Workshops are ongoing and open to trans and allied youth. During each workshop we learn a bit of transgender history, share personal stories, learn about our transgender sisters and brothers who have been murdered in the previous year, and build kites to commemorate their lives.

If you have questions about a workshop, would like to attend, or would like to help in some way, please contact TC Tolbert or visit the new Made for Flight website.

National Resources

Trans Advisory Hotline of America
Trans Advisory Hotline of America provides peer support, information, direction, and referrals from 6:00am to 11:00pm CST, 7 days a week. Voice mail other hours—return calls are done the next morning.

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. By empowering transgender people and our allies to educate and influence policymakers and others, NCTE facilitates a strong and clear voice for transgender equality in our nation's capital and around the country. 

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

The Transgender Law and Policy Institute engages in effective advocacy for transgender people and works on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality. The organization maintains a list of colleges and universities with “gender identity or expression” in their nondiscrimination policies online.