Oberlin has been working hard over recent years to make the campus community a positive, safe, and inclusive space for transgender and non-binary students.
In addition to the programming offered by the MRC and the work of the different student organizations on campus, several resources exist at Oberlin to support trans and non-binary students.
Trans @ Oberlin
In all academic buildings on campus, students may use the bathroom that best aligns with their gender identity. No student may exclude another student from using public restrooms in academic buildings due to their gender identity or expression.
In all residential buildings on campus, students have the option to choose from different bathroom policies based on their housing situation and floor preference. Decisions about bathroom policies are made during the first house meeting of every year; prior to and after that, please read more about the specific policy options. Many houses have bathrooms that utilize the “E-System” .
There are several explicitly trans-inclusive houses at Oberlin. They include:
Women and Trans* Collective (Baldwin Cottage)
Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender People
Students have the option to have their preferred name displayed both on Blackboard (our course management system) and on Presto (which handles financial aid and registration).
Students have the right to expect professors to use pronouns consistent with students expressed identity/preference. If students believe faculty are intentionally repeatedly mis-gendering a student or refusing to use the correct names, students are encouraged to contact the LGBTQ Student Life Coordinator, Elliot Director or the Title IX office.
Oberlin College offers an excellent health insurance program which includes comprehensive gender affirmation care for transgender and non-binary students. This includes coverage for counseling, hormone therapy, and gender affirmation surgery, should students need these services.
Additionally, The Counseling Center at Oberlin is passionate about supporting trans and non-binary students, and will work with students either on-campus or via referring them to local therapists, to help them secure the healthcare that they need. Students can make an appointment by calling (440) 775-8470 .
Many of the religious leaders on Oberlin’s campus are explicitly committed to supporting our trans and non-binary students. Among them are:
Every year in November, Oberlin celebrates Trans Week of Action. Centered around the national Trans Day of Remembrance, this week offers students an opportunity to engage in discussion, activism, resource-sharing, and community building for transgender, non-binary, and intersex students.
For 2018, the Trans Week of Action will include a film screening and panel discussion, the Trans Day of Remembrance Vigil on November 20th, a panel discussion focused on resources and climate for trans, non-binary, and intersex students. Students who are interested in participating are encouraged to email the MRC at firstname.lastname@example.org or come visit us at 187 N. Professor.