Gender Identity/Expression in Higher Education

The Gender Identity/Gender Expression pages support the ongoing conversation in higher education regarding a variety of gender issues. Members can engage in AACRAO activities to become an advocate and strengthen both their personal and institutional knowledge base on these topics.

As campuses navigate the complex issues that surround gender identity and gender expression, AACRAO supports both members and the students they serve.
AACRAO Values promote inclusiveness within the expected Principles and Standards of Behavior.  Working through this conversation with members will serve the associations goals by addressing this emergent issue [SF1], identifying and promoting best practices [SF2], advancing engagement in federal policy development [SF3], and promoting access and success for the impacted student population [SF4].


November 8, 2017
Germany must create a third gender category for people who do not identify as either male or female or were born with ambiguous sexual traits, the country's constitutional court ruled. Read more.

July 27, 2017
Joint Chiefs to troops: 'No modifications' to transgender policy from Trump Tweet. Read more.

July 26, 2017
Trump bans transgender individuals from U.S. military service. Read more.

June 19, 2017
Education Dept. closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations. Read more.

March 6, 2017
High court sidesteps ruling on transgender rights. Read more.

March 2, 2017
Michael Reilly responds to new Title IX guidance. Read more.

February 15, 2017
Trump Administration Signals Shift on Transgender Policy. Read more.

October 3, 2016
In California a "New law requires private colleges to disclose potentially anti-LGBT policies."

April 26, 2016
The Common App and the Universal College Application move beyond male/female.

November 8, 2015
Usage of gender neutral pronouns on campus covered by NPR in the story entitled, "More Universities Move to Include Gender Neutral Pronouns."

October 15, 2015
Gender neutral pronouns covered in the Chronicle of Higher Education article, "Colleges Consider Adopting Inclusive Language in Their Systems." 

February 3, 2015
AACRAO referenced in New York Times article "A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral."

AACRAO Activities


26 - Beyond Pronouns and Policy: Moving Toward Trans-Inclusive Practices
@AACRAO Annual Meeting

28 - Encouraging Progress: Change Management and Transgender Resources
@AACRAO Annual Meeting


9 - Progress Update: Student Identity Workgroup @ Tech & Transfer Conference

10 - AACRAO Corporate Partner Conversation @ Tech & Transfer Conference

10 - Pronunciations & Pronouns: Technology for a More Inclusive Campus @ Tech & Transfer Conference
3 - An Inclusive Campus for All: The Montana State Response to LGBTQA Demands*
3 - Gender Diversity and Inclusion: Aligning the Student Information System with the NYU Social Consciousness*
3 - Transgender and gender nonconforming: Overcoming the challenges of adding pronouns to the student system*
4 - Plenary Speaker: Nicole Maines and Wayne Maines from The Trans List*
4 - The Student Voice: Serving Gender Non-Conforming Students*
5 - Self-Reporting gender identiy, sexual orientation, and preferred names and pronouns at Cornell University*
5 - The LGBT Inclusive Campus of the future: What does it look like?*
*AACRAO Annual Meeting Session

Last updated 04/09/2018