Anonymous said: Hi, I really don't know who to ask this to but figured you might be able to help. I'm a trans guy seriously considering going to New College and while I've heard that the campus is generally very LGBT+ friendly, I haven't found anything on school policies. Do they assign dorms based on identity? Are counselors there knowledgable about trans issues? Also, is there a trans community there or openly trans people? Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for this question, you came to the right place!
NCF is really LGBTQIA+ friendly, Queery and Aced it do a great job with sexuality things.
Dorms are not currently based on identity but you can request to be put into a particular type of dorm as all of the dorms are co-ed and if housing tries to screw you over (it’s been known to happen very frequently) then you can throw Title IX at them to remind them that it would be discriminatory to put you in a dorm you were not comfortable in based on gender identity.
Counselors at the CWC are knowledgeable about trans issues and identities and depending on your advisor they tend to be pretty good with things (I would send your professors/advisor an email about how you identify and what name will show up on rosters and what name you will be using). There are a few places in Sarasota with good therapists but not everyone can afford that and the CWC does a pretty good job.
There are a lot of openly trans people at NCF! TransSwagger is a trans closed group on campus where trans students have a safe space to talk about trans things.
We have gender neutral bathrooms, too!
If you have any questions about TSwag or anything else trans related on campus then you can send us an ask privately and we can put you in touch with a person to help you out with specific questions and concerns!
We’re currently writing our gender-based non-discrimination policies to make sure that across the entire institution, we’re treating our community members fairly—that means trainings for faculty and staff members, trying to make the campus name-change policy easier, etc. So you’ll see all of that stuff go up on the website in a few months