CONTACT:

Tatiana Diaz
Allen House, 2nd floor, Office #1
tadiaz@cedarcrest.edu
610-606-4666 ext.3596

Transgender Resources

Welcome to the Transgender Resources page! Here you will be able to find information on Cedar Crest related policies, facilitates, and more. If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at inclusion@cedarcrest.edu.

Diversity Statement

Founded under the mission to expand women’s access to higher-education, Cedar Crest College values difference in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning environment. The College is committed to educational excellence, leadership, and civic engagement in a pluralistic society. We thus embrace an inclusive community that brings together students, faculty, and staff of different racial and multi-racial, ethnic and multi-ethnic, gender and sexually diverse, economic, religious, and national identities and ages, including students of color, first-generation college students, international students, students of varying ability/disability, and other students underrepresented in higher education

Harassment Policy (Student Handbook 2017-18)

Conduct that creates or attempts to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for another person is prohibited. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, action(s) or statement(s) that threaten harm or intimidate a person, stalking, voyeurism (or peeping), or any other form of unwanted contact. This policy also applies to harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender or sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, familial status or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under law.

Transgender Admission Policy

Founded under the mission to expand women’s access to higher-education Cedar Crest College is committed to offering a women’s college experience for traditional-status undergraduates, applicants to the traditional undergraduate program who were assigned female at birth and/or applicants who self-identify as women are eligible to apply for admission. We do not require government issued documentation for purposes of identifying an applicant's gender identity. Once enrolled, any student who completes the College's baccalaureate requirements will be awarded a Cedar Crest degree regardless of gender identity or expression. Cedar Crest College also provides co-educational adult undergraduate program and a graduate programs inclusive of all genders via its School for Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE).

FAQ

Name Change

Transgender, gender non-conforming, gender variant, and non-cisgender students who wish to change their birth name and/or legal name to a preferred name must meet with the Director of Diversity & Inclusion to discuss the scope and limitations of the preferred name request:

Director of Diversity & Inclusion
tadiaz@Cedarcrest.edu
610-606-4666 x 3596

Limitations

Although the College is committed to supporting students in the transgender community, it is important to understand that designating a preferred name for use at Cedar Crest does not constitute a legal name change. A student's birth name and/or legal name will continue to be used on certain College documents. Preferred first and/or middle names may be designated. The College Is unable to designate a preferred surname without documents showing that the surname has been changed legally by a court or government entity.

Students interested in changing their name legally can find resources through local government or The Organization Transequality http://www.transequality.org/documents/state/pennsylvania

FAQ

Gender Inclusive Housing (Student Handbook 2017-18)

Cedar Crest College offers inclusive housing options to traditional students who self-identify as transgender, gender non-conforming, gender variant and non-cisgender students, as well as students who identify as allies to this community. For students wishing to gain more information about other services and support available for students that identify as Gender and Sexuality Diverse (GSD), please contact the Director of Diversity and
Inclusion.

FAQ

Gender Inclusive Restroom policy  (Student Handbook 2017-18)

Cedar Crest College affirms the right of all students to use a restroom according to their gender identity without fear of discrimination, retaliation or harassment. Cedar Crest College also maintains single-stall, gender-inclusive restrooms in most buildings which are open to the public and all members of the College community. In regards to the residence halls, please reference the College’s current policy and practice.

For a list of our Gender Inclusive Restrooms click here

Cedar Crest Student Health Insurance Coverage

Our current policy has limited transgender specific coverage. Please check the insurance plan specific information for details here. Before using this policy, please check the member-specific benefit plan document and any federal or state mandates, if applicable.

Gender Dysphoria Treatment: Student Insurance

Student Organization

OutThere (LGBT Student Organization)
The purpose of this organization shall be to bring awareness and offer support to those who identify as Gender and Sexually Diverse (GSD). Meetings are held bi-weekly (every other week), unless otherwise designated, with an advisor to discuss issues pertaining to social acceptances of daily life. We also strive to maintain an open, safe, and supportive environment at all times.

Education and Advocacy: We reach out to the community in an effort to provide information through programs, community services, and social activities. We also supply resources for enhancing personal awareness.

outthere@cedarcrest.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutThere-1909341402721814/

Student Support on Campus

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) supports Cedar Crest College’s diversity statement through its educational programming and services. The CDI will provide resources that foster awareness as well as empower students with knowledge, tools and experiences that promote global citizenship and a more inclusive campus. Finally, the CDI will advocate for our diverse student population.  http://www.cedarcrest.edu/cdi/resources.shtm   

Counseling Center  http://www.cedarcrest.edu/healthservices/counseling.shtm

Local Resources

Lehigh Valley Renaissance https://www.renaissancelv.org/    

Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center  http://www.bradburysullivancenter.org/