The Office of LBGT Student Services offers support, education and advocacy around issues of gender identity/expression and sexual orientation to the WMU community. We collaborate with student organizations, university departments and local organizations to provide our campus community with access to healthy resources, activities, and support services.
Diversity at Western Michigan University encompasses inclusion, acceptance, respect and empowerment. This means understanding that each individual is unique and that our commonalities and differences make the contributions we have to offer all the more valuable. Diversity includes the dimensions of race, ethnicity, and national and regional origins; sex, gender identity and sexual orientation; socioeconomic status, age, physical attributes and abilities; and religious, political, cultural, and intellectual ideologies and practices.
Gender-inclusive bathroom and facilities
Gender inclusive bathrooms are available in various locations across campus. A map of unisex, single-stall and gender neutral bathrooms can be found here.
Preferred Name Policy
Western Michigan University recognizes that some students use first names other than their legal names to identify themselves. As an inclusive and diverse community, WMU allows students to use a preferred first name different than their legal name for certain purposes and records in the course of university business, communication, and education.
As of the 2016 Summer I semester, WMU has expanded the implementation of the student preferred name policy. This second phase of the preferred name policy implementation includes two primary changes: preferred name will now appear as the only first name on class rosters if one is indicated; and, preferred name will display in Elearning.
For more information on how to indicate a preferred name and where it will appear visit the registrar's website. If your preferred name is not being displayed correctly or you have any questions about the preferred name policy, please contact the Registrar or Director of LBGT Student Services.
Tips for creating a trans-inclusive classroom environment
This document provides WMU faculty and instructors with information on how to create a welcoming and inclusive classroom environment for transgender students.