University Launches Program To Make Transgender Employees Feel Comfortable At Work

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The University of Mississippi announced that it will release online materials to provide resources for transgender employees and students this fall.

The university’s materials will provide a guide for “workplace transition guidelines” for employees and include a map that highlights where single stall bathrooms and changing rooms are on the campus, reports the DM Online. The project also seeks to establish rules for housing transgenders in the university’s dormitories.

“There is a group currently working to develop Workplace Transition Guidelines,” Shawnboda Mead, the director of the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, told the DM Online. “The single occupancy restroom project was already underway and is an independent project of the transition guidelines group. Many of the processes and resources in the transition guidelines document will overlap for students and faculty/staff.”

The University of Mississippi is also working to locate transgender friendly bathrooms on campus. Brandi Hephner Lebanc,the vice chancellor for student affairs informed DM Online that the LGBTQ Committee is working to find gender neutral bathrooms and that some already do exist.

“Due to the age of some of our buildings, there may be limited non-gender restroom access in those facilities,” Hephner Lebanc told the DM Online. “Nonetheless, we are happy to work with (and have already done such work) to meet individuals’ needs.”

Like their bathroom policy, the University of Mississippi does not have an official policy for housing transgender students, Lionel Maten, the assistant vice chancellor for student affair and director of student housing, told the DM Online.

“We don’t currently have a transgender floor,” Maten said. “Students are worked with individually to make sure they’re accommodated and comfortable in an environment.”

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