TransCampus at HCC

What we are

TransCampus is a campus advocacy group comprised of students, faculty, and staff who are committed to creating and fostering an open and inclusive campus community for individuals who are transgender/genderqueer/questioning. We've been active at HCC since 2007, and we're still going strong!

What we care about

TransCampus focuses on a range of goals, including:

  • Educating HCC's community about gender identity and expression
  • Including protection for gender identity/expression in HCC's Code of Student Conduct (approved in Spring 2010)
  • Encouraging campus policies and procedures friendly to trans people (gender identity options on forms, use of preferred names on class rosters, etc)
  • Advocating for single-user bathrooms in all new construction
  • Creating a trans-friendly culture by including an awareness of our trans community in publications, on posters and bulletin boards, and on the HCC website
  • Creating a Safe Zone space/lounge on campus for queer students
  • Working with critical departments on campus (especially police and health services) to ensure that staff is prepared to handle issues related to gender identity and expression appropriately
  • Building a strong community of transgender people and allies
  • Advocating for state and federal policies that provide protection for gender identity and expression, and attending rallies in Boston in support

Who we are

We are open to having new members, especially students! Right now we are:

  • Vivian Ostrowski, Director of Gateway to College Program (C 230
  • Idelia Smith, Assistant Vice President of Diversity & Director of Academic Administration (FR 325
  • Myriam Quinones, Coordinator of Multicultural Academic Services (FR 262
  • Jane Vecchio, Faculty, Psychology Department (C 312

Interested in learning more about Gender Identity and Expression?

The following classes are likely to interest you:

  • ANT 101, Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 114, Understanding Diversity
  • CRJ 210, Human Relations: Diversity and Ethical Issues
  • HSV/COM 212, Group Dynamics
  • PSY 203, Human Sexuality
  • SOC 215, Sociology of Sex and Gender
  • WST 100, Introduction to Women's Studies
  • WST 217/CRJ217, Women, Crime and Justice

Gender Inclusive Bathrooms and Locker Rooms

  • KC 2nd floor
  • KC 4th floor
  • First floor lounge between Frost and Donahue  

Renovations to the newly acquired Center for Health Education will include gender-inclusive bathrooms. In addition, Genderqueer people who wish a private place to change can request a key to the Visitors Locker Room in the Bartley Center.


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