LGBT+ Resources

Does your non-discrimination statement cover sexual orientation and gender identity?

Yes. The UT Dallas Non-Discrimination Policy statement covers sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Does UT Dallas have a gender inclusive housing option?

Yes. The Department of Housing and Residential Life at the University of Texas at Dallas welcomes students of all gender identities and expressions and is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive community for all residents. Please contact Residential Life to learn about all available housing options. It is our goal to provide an affirming and non-discriminatory housing educational experience.
For more information, visit: UT Dallas Housing

Can I major in queer studies?

At this time, UT Dallas does not currently have a major or minor in LGBT+ studies. However, a Gender Studies minor is offered that frequently includes content material relevant to LGBT+ topics.

Who do I talk with to schedule a class visit, or to get help with a research project?

The UT Dallas Galerstein Gender Center (GGC) can be contacted at 972-883-6555 regarding class or department visits.
Students may also check out books on gender and LGBT+-related topics from the GGC Lending library or from the McDermott library.

What should I do if I am harassed for being LGBT+ or an ally?

Incidents of harassment or discrimination can be reported to the Dean of Students. Any person who is the victim of a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense is also encouraged to report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator and the University Police. For detailed policy and procedures information, visit Dean of Students, visit Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance and UT Dallas Police.

Does UT Dallas offer scholarships specifically for LGBT+ students?

Currently, the Galerstein Gender Center provides the Keith-Huckaba LGBT+ student scholarship. Applicants must show significant financial need, have a record of academic excellence and demonstrate service or advocacy for LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual, Ally) communities. The scholarship recipient will receive a one-time award of $1,000 in the fall of their next consecutive year.

How can I get involved?

UT Dallas currently has three student organizations related to LGBT+. Pride at UTD is a social group that can be reached via their Facebook page, or website. Rainbow Guard is a political activism group that can also be reached via Facebook. Wesley at UTD is an LGBT+-affirming campus ministry that can be reached on their Facebook page and website as well.

Beyond our student organizations, students can get involved on campus by attending programs, such as SAFE ZONE Ally Training, National Day of Silence, Transgender Day of Remembrance and other LGBT+ events sponsored by the Galerstein Gender Center, through the LGBT+ Eduaction, Advocacy and Programming Initiative.
For more information, email Matt Johns.

Are there any LGBT+ friendly hangouts near UT Dallas?

UT Dallas is a LGBT+-friendly campus. The Galerstein Gender Center and Multicultural Center has lounge spaces open for students to hangout. Off campus, UT Dallas is within 20 miles of many LGBT+ owned business and restaurants in the oak lawn area of Dallas. The DART station provides transport to Dallas, where you can explore restaurants, nightlife, or stores that are historically LGBT+ oriented.

The DART station can also bring students to the annual Dallas pride parade. Students may pick up their complimentary dart passes from the Comet Center in the Student Union.

What LGBT+ counseling services do you offer at UT Dallas?

The UT Dallas Student Counseling Center strives to be an affirming environment for all individuals. Staff clinicians are all dedicated to a diverse and inclusive environment on campus, and offer confidential individual, couple, and group counseling. Counselors have been safe zone ally trained, and also participate in ongoing training and education specifically related to working with LGBT+ individuals.

Counseling is available to discuss any concerns related to gender identity, sexual orientation, romantic affiliation, or other identity concerns. Assessment and counseling services are also available for transgender students considering medical transition. The counseling center also regularly offers a sexual identity & expression group, open to all individuals interested in exploring sexual and/or gender identity in a group counseling format.

The Galerstein Gender Center also has a counselor that can assist with LGBT+ issues and concerns. Katrina Watland is able to see staff, students, and faculty when available and can be reached at 972-883-6555.

Are there any gender neutral, unisex, or single stall restrooms on campus?

Yes. The Galerstein Gender Center is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. Please download the gender neutral restroom map from our Resources.

How can staff/faculty/students change their gender marker in various systems?

Yes. Email the Registrar with your desired gender marker.

How can staff/faculty/students change their name in various systems?

Preferred Name

The University recognizes that many community members use names other than their primary/legal names to identify themselves. As long as the use of this different name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, the University acknowledges that a preferred name may be used whenever possible in the course of university business and education.

The student is free to determine the preferred name they wish to be known by in the Orion student information system; however, inappropriate use of the preferred name policy may be cause for denying the request.

The student should send email from their UT Dallas email account to [email protected] to edit the preferred name.

Classroster/Coursebook:
Students wishing to update their preferred name in Orion can do so by emailing the Office of the Registrar with their information. The Office of the Registrar’s FAQ section serves as instructions and guidelines for updating your preferred name. To find the information, look under “My name is not correct in the system. How do I go about changing it?” This will change how your name appears on class rosters as well. You will need to update your name with the Office of the Registrar in order to print your preferred name on your Comet Card. This process can take up to a few days.

Comet Cards/other forms of ID:
Comet Cards can be updated to have preferred name on front and legal name on the back. To get a card with your preferred name, you will first need to change your preferred name through the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar does not require a legal name change in order to update your preferred name. Updating a Comet Card with preferred name will cost $20 starting fall 2016. To avoid a $20 fee, we advise freshmen students to wait until their preferred name has been changed in the system before obtaining their comet card. In addition, the UT Dallas Testing Center has been trained on transgender issues and will be able to connect with students who are concerned about using their ID in the Testing Center.

What are the current policies regarding sports and athletics at UT Dallas?

Students can play on the teams consistent with their gender identity. However, some sports may involve competitions tied to non-UT Dallas leagues. In those situations, the ability to compete with the team aligning with your gender identity is dependent upon the individual league rules.