Welcome to the Transgender Resource Road Map. This page provides our transgender students the information needed to successfully navigate their NC State experience.
To assist in these efforts, the GLBT Center facilitates the Transgender Support Team, an interdisciplinary NC State team committed to promoting the support and wellness of transgender students. Membership of the team includes the GLBT Center, Counseling Center, Student Health, University Housing, and University Recreation. Click on the tabs below to learn more about trans issues in each university setting.
Andy DeRoin, program coordinator
Evelyn Buck, assignments coordinator
Stacy Connell, associate director
Student Health Services
Dr. Julie Ann Casani, associate director of medical services
Do I have to legally change my name to have a different name appear on NC State-associated records?
While a person’s legal name is used by default, NC State University recognizes that, as a community, many of its members use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. As long as the use of this different name is not for misrepresentation, the university acknowledges that a preferred name can and should be used wherever appropriate in the course of university business and education. Students, faculty, and staff may choose to identify themselves within the university community with preferred first, middle and/or last names that differ from their legal names.
The preferred name will appear instead of the legal name in university systems and documents except where the use of the legal name is required by university or legal requirement.
Individuals are free to determine the preferred names by which they want to be known within the university community. However, inappropriate use of preferred name by an individual will result in removal of the preferred name from that individual’s record. Inappropriate use includes names that attempt to avoid legal obligation, misrepresent the individual, harass, threaten or are otherwise objectionable.
How do I update my preferred name in the system?
- For Students, you can update your preferred name in the MyPack portal. Go to MyPack portal > Student homepage > Personal Information tile > Personal Details
- For employees, updating your directory listing with a preferred name will carry the preferred name to your Gmail account and other areas listed above. Here is the link to Update Your Directory Listing (Faculty/Staff). You’ll need to login with your unity ID to complete the update.
Please visit Student Services for additional information and instructions.
What’s the overall process for starting hormones if I use Student Health Services?
NC State SHS will provide maintenance hormone therapy (testosterone, estrogen, and/or anti-androgen hormone blockers) to transgender patients after 1) a letter has been obtained from a qualified mental health provider stating support for medical transition and 2) medical evaluation, lab work, informed consent and initial hormone therapy has been administered by an endocrinologist.
Students who are already receiving hormonal treatment may transfer their care to NCSU SHS. They will need to bring with them a letter a support from a qualified mental health clinician, all available past medical records (including endocrinology evaluations) related to medical transition care, including lab work results.
To summarize, in order to start hormones Student Health Services requires 1) a letter of support from a mental health provider and 2) initial medical evaluation, lab work, informed consent, and initial hormone administration by an endocrinologist. SHS will refer students to the Counseling Center to meet with a mental health provider and will refer students to a local endocrinologist. Once these two steps are completed, SHS will provide maintenance hormone therapy, including prescriptions, injections, training and supplies if you want to self-inject, and routine follow-up lab work.
I am currently taking hormones, but I want get my prescription through SHS. What do I have to do?
I have student health insurance. What is and is not covered?
What do the consent forms look like for hormone therapy?
What is the process like at the Counseling Center?
Per the NC State Counseling Center policy, students may receive a letter of support for hormone therapy. One of the NC State Counseling Center clinicians must meet with a student before providing a letter of support. With appropriate consent obtained, a clinical assessment to assess the incongruence between one’s experienced gender and one’s assigned sex as well as any mental health concerns will be provided. This assessment is typically completed over several sessions. Sessions will also include exploring information related to the social and medical changes associated with hormone therapy as well as referrals for local endocrinologists.
To make an appointment with a clinician in the Counseling Center, students initiating services for the first time are asked to walk in to the Counseling Center to meet with a triage clinician who will set up an appointment for therapy. Students who are already engaged in treatment at the Counseling Center are encouraged to speak with their clinician.
Below is a quick overview of the resources the GLBT Center and NC State has to offer.
- GLBT CommUNITY Alliance (GLBTCA): the GLBT student organization
- T-Files: a peer-led support group for those who identify under the transgender umbrella
- QPOC: A space for queer people of color to find support and explore the intersections of identity
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM): for those who are LGBTQ and majoring or working in a STEM field
- AcePack: a peer interest group for students on the asexual and/or aromantic spectra
- Bi/Pan @ NCSU: a peer interest group for bisexual and pansexual students
- GLBT Faculty/Staff Network: community for GLBT faculty and staff
Sexuality and Gender Centers
- Drop-In Counseling Hours (at GLBT Center) every Tuesday from 2-4 PM
- Individual and Group Counseling (Counseling Center)
- Transcending and Connecting: a professionally-led counseling group for transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning students. Contact Dr. Jennifer Glassmire-Policari for more information.
- LGBTQQ Counseling Group: a professionally-led counseling group for students who identity under the LGBTQQ umbrella. Contact Dr. Richard Tyler-Walker for more information.
- On-Call Counselor after business hours: (919) 515-3000
Harassment Support / Response
University Housing works to create an inclusive environment for all students. We work with students on an individual basis. To talk through your Housing assignment or Housing needs please contact Evelyn Buck at 919-515-2440.
How do I navigate University Recreation as a transgender student?
What about if I want to participate in Intramural or Club Sports?
Per the NC State Club Sports Handbook: “Participation in Club Sports will be resolved on a case-by-case basis based on the applicable National Governing Body.”
What are the accommodations for travel with University Recreation?
Transgender students generally should be assigned to share hotel rooms or other lodging based on their gender identity, with recognition that any student who needs extra privacy be accommodated whenever possible.
How do I handle being in class?
What do I do if the name I use in class is different from the one on the class roster or Moodle?
It is also possible to unofficially change your name on many university systems. However, this change is not the same as a legal name-change and is not able to change financial aid records, official transcripts or Human Resources/on-campus employment records. See the “Name Change” tab for more information.
Can I see an example of an email to send to professors about my name and pronouns?
Dear Professor [Last Name],
My name is [Your Name], and I am in your course [Course Title and Number] that is held on [days] at [time] this [term]. I am transgender and have not legally changed my name. My legal name [Your Legal First and Last Name] will appear on your roster and in Moodle. I would greatly appreciate it if you refer to me as [Your Name] and use [pronouns] when referring to me. I am also working with the GLBT Center to get my name updated on Moodle. [OPTIONAL: It is my goal for my classmates to only know me as [Your Name], and your help in this is greatly appreciated. OR I am comfortable with my classmates knowing I am transgender. OR I am comfortable with my classmates knowing I am transgender, and I am comfortable answering any questions as they arise. OR another sentence that captures your comfort level] Thank you for your understanding, and please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to starting your course next week.