On this page you will find a host of transgender-specific resources on-campus and information to support transgender students and staff as they navigate general campus facilities, resources and systems.  This information was collected in 2013 as a part of the TONI Project, if anything is outdated please let us know!  And if you can't find what you're looking for be sure to ask a GenEq staff person!  

These are the sections you'll find below:

There is additional information integrated into other pages on our website as well, including:

Resource Departments on Campus

LGBTQ Programs and Services at the Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq)

LGBTQ Programs and Services
Location: 202 Cesar Chavez
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9-5
Staff contact information is available here

The Gender Equity Resource Center staff are here to support you!  If you have any quesitons or concerns about transgender-related topics, please connect with GenEq staff.  GenEq also provides transgender education workshops several times a year, and can come to your group to do a special workshop tailored to your groups needs.  GenEq also creates events for the transgender community to grow and connect, and events for the larger campus community to learn about issues affecting transgender communities.  Join the GenEq Newsletter list to receive updates about upcoming opportunities!

Resources for Creating Inclusive Classrooms for Trans* and Gender Expansive Students

Professors, GSIs, instructors, facilitators and others responsible for educational environments must play an active role in creating an environment where all students can thrive. In additional to written materials available below, the Gender Equity Resoruce Center staff are available to answer questions and/or assist in identifying additional resources. Please see our Staff Page for contact information.

Transgender Health Services at the Tang Center

In Fall 2012 University Health Services is happy to announce that we are launching one new service and two new webpages for LGBTQ students: Our Transgender Health Services, featuring a monthly clinic with nationally recognized transgender health specialist Dr. Maddie Deutch; Our Transgender Health Services webpage, explaining all our trans-specific services: http://uhs.berkeley.edu/students/medical/transgender.shtml; and our Pride webpage, explaining all LGBTQ-specific services at Tang, including our free counseling drop-in at GenEq: http://uhs.berkeley.edu/pride.  These new services are a direct result of feedback from LGBTQ students about what they would like to see at Tang!

Student & Staff Groups

Non-Binary Alliance

Student group for people outside of the gender binary!

Queer and/or Trans People of Color Collective

This space will be created in order to bring together self-identified Queer and/or Trans people of color in order to build a loving & healing community collectively. Contact Pan or Meli at meli1331@berkeley.edu or jonathan.narez@berkeley.edu.

T-Cal: A Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Space at Cal

T-Cal Facebook Group
Location: email tcalatberkeley@gmail.com for meeting locations
Meetings: 2nd and 4th Monday evening
T-Cal is a group that seeks to address the spectrum of gender and gender expression, especially for students who may identify across the transgender spectrum at UCB. Join us for conversation, community, and resources!

Are you an ally looking to support T-Cal? Keep your eye on the GenEq newsletter for meetings open to allies, such as the panel of students who spoke during an event during Queer Awareness Days, and events during Transgender Awareness Week (mid- to late-November), which are also announced through the GenEq newsletter!

Transgender Employees Network (TEN)

We're excited to continue our lunches for transgender staff, faculty, librarians, academic researchers and postdoctoral and visiting scholars to build community on campus, talk about transgender-specific challenges and opportunities we experience on-campus, share resources... and just say hey. We welcome input on our name, our description, the content of our gatherings, anything!

Contact Marisa (mboyce@berkeley.edu) if you have questions about lunch dates, joining the listserv or transgender-related resources on-campus!

Administrative & Legal Protections

University of California Non-Discrimination Policy:  “The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy,[1] physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.[2] The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.  Inquiries regarding the University's student-related nondiscrimination policies may be as follows: Sex discrimination and sexual harassment:  Title IX Officer Denise  Oldham, ask_ophd@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-7985; disability discrimination and access:  Disability Compliance Officer Derek Coates, (510) 643-8996 or dcoates@berkeley.edu; all other concerns about discrimination or harassment should be directed to the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, (510) 643-7985 or tixco@berkeley.edu.

  • [1] Pregnancy includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
  • [2] Service in the uniformed services includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services.”

You can find other policies regarding nondiscrimination below: 

Campus Life

Campus Climate Index from Campus Pride:

Overall Campus Climate Score:  4.5 of 5 Stars

Campus Pride’s star ranking system is based on a five star continuum of progress for LGBT-Friendly policies, programs, and practices. Three stars represent the mid-range score possible. The overall campus climate score is broken down for comparison purposes on Campus Pride’s website (http://www.campusprideindex.org/). You will find specified ratings for areas like “Housing and Residence Life,” “ Student Life” and “LGBT Campus Safety,” as well as information about the criteria used to reach star ranking.

Fraternities and Sororities:

All fraternities and sororities, in order to be recognized by UC Berkeley, must: Recruit, select, and accept new members and protect all current members in accordance with all aspects of the following Nondiscrimination notice: The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and University policy, prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran (special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized). This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.

Inter/national policies:
Each fraternity and sorority chapter has membership qualifications that are set by their inter/national headquarters. Those qualifications define who is eligible to join the local chapter and they may define members as having to be a male or a female.

Safety and Security:

Campus police have been trained on transgender issues and work closely with the Gender Equity Resource Center, where the LGBT Programs and Services office is housed on-campus.  To report a hate crime or bias-related incident at UC Berkeley visit http://stophate.berkeley.edu, an portal to UC Berkeley and UC Systemwide information and reporting forms.  When you submit information to the reporting form you have the option of having a staff person follow-up with you, and you also have the option to report anonymously.  There have been hate crimes and bias-related incidents targeting LGBT people on-campus in the past year.

Healthcare

Campus Health Services:

UC Berkeley's University Health Services provides multiple services for transgender and gender non-conforming students, including:

1. A web guide to services and trans-knowledgeable providers
2. A trans health care team that meets monthly to share best practices
3. A student health insurance plan (SHIP) that covers hormone treatment and gender confirmation surgery
4. A monthly Transgender Health Clinic staffed by a leading expert in the field of transgender health, Dr. Maddie Deutch
5. UHS is switching to electronic health records (EHR) and has advocated for the new records to meet the EHR standards recommended by UCSF's Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

Local Health Care Providers:

UC Berkeley is fortunate to be so close to San Francisco, which as a city is a world leader in transgender health. San Francisco transgender-specific resources include Dimensions Clinic (for youth), UCSF's Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, The Transgender Law Center, Lyon-Martin Clinic's Transgender Health Services, multiple transgender support groups, and many other fantastic local resources.

Dimensions: http://www.dimensionsclinic.org/
UCSF: http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/
Transgender Law Center: http://transgenderlawcenter.org/
Lyon Martin: http://lyon-martin.org/services/transgender/

Health Insurance:

As noted above, SHIP covers transition-related care. Hormones are covered as part of routine medical care (regular prescription benefit charge) and gender confirmation surgery is covered up to $75,000. Faculty/staff are not covered by SHIP, which is a student-only health insurance plan. Faculty/staff have multiple other plans to choose from.

Records & Identity Documents

Registrar's Office:

In order to change a name, the student files the Change of Name petition to CalStudent Central in 120 Sproul Hall along with documentation of the new name, i.e., a driver's license, court order etc. Currently, the transcript does note an "m" or "f." To change the gender on the record, the student would contact Dorothy Jones dorothyj@berkeley.edu or 643-5242 in the Office of the Registrar.

Course Management System:

bSpace, the campus course management system, is supported by the central campus student system. Accordingly, the name of the academic record is the name provided to the course management system.

Student ID Card:

The student ID system depends on the central campus student system for information about student names. Accordingly, students need to use the procedure described above.

Employment Records:

At this time, UC Berkeley employees cannot have a preferred name listed on their campus ID card (Cal1 Card) or on their employee records. However, employees can change their profile on the campus-wide (CalNet) directory, which is pre-populated by the information on-file, to display their preferred name.  The campus is expected to be able to include a preferred name field on employee records when its new personnel management system goes into effect in 2014.

Career/Employment Center

UC Berkeley Career Center:

The UC Berkeley Career Center provides a wide array of comprehensive career counseling and job/internship search resources and services to all students, including one-on-one counseling, workshops, and online tools. 

Specifically for transgender and LGBTQ students, the Career Center offers an online collection of web resources including helpful articles and links to guide career planning and job search processes for this population, as well as referrals to student groups and professional organizations for further support and networking.

Also, our staff of fourteen professionally trained, master level career counselors strive to a provide a space for inclusive, confidential, non-judgmental counseling services that are tailored to each individual's needs and unique circumstances. 

Lastly, the Career Center is in the process of pursuing certification from the Out for Work Career Center Certification Program for the first time in Spring 2013, and looks forward to expanding resources and services for LGBTQ and transgender students on the Berkeley campus in the near future.

Career Counseling Library:

Additionally, the Manager of the Career Counseling Library offers research support for finding companies that offered inclusive benefits for transgender career seekers and helped arrange informational interviews with allies at certain companies.  If appropriate, this manager also worked in collaboration with our transgender students’ CPS clinicians to offer holistic support.

Off-Campus Resources

Gender Education and Advocacy

Focus is on needs, issues, and concerns of gender variant people.

FTM International

FTM International is the longest-running, largest organization serving the female-to-male trans community in the world.

National Clearinghouse for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Fraternity and Sorority Issues

Also known as the Lambda 10 Project, the National Clearinghouse for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Fraternity & Sorority Issues seeks to heighten the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the college fraternity by serving as a clearinghouse for educational resources and educational materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience.

Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace

This page hosts a number of publications about transgender inclusion in the workplace, some are written for transgender individuals, while others are written for human resources professionals, managers and others.

Transgender Law Center

At the Transgender Law Center, we work with community members and allies to make California a state in which we can all fully and freely express our gender identities. On our site, you'll find one of the nation's most comprehensive collections of resources on transgender law, information about our innovative projects, and tons of other stuff. If you're in California and have questions about our work, your rights, or the best way to create a non-discriminatory education, health care, employment, or business environment, contact us.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute

A non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

TransGenderCare

TransGenderCare contains a large archive of health information that we have written and compiled from our years of directly providing medical, psychological, electrology, and general health services to our transgender community.  Whether you need to make informed heath care decisions for yourself or wish to understand more about a friend or loved one, we hope you find our online transgender health center helpful.

Transsexual Women's Resources: Medical and Other Resources for Transsexual Women