Resources for Transgender and Non-Binary Students

By Kari Jo Freudigmann, (Pronouns: she, her, hers)
Assistant Director, LGBTQIA Programs and Services

UMKC LGBTQIA Programs & Services is committed to ensuring the campus transgender and non-binary community has the support and resources necessary for them to succeed. A variety of policies, resources, and programs are in place to help foster this environment.


Non-Discrimination Statement

The University policy that guarantees equal opportunity in employment, financial aid programs, and educational programs and activities includes sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected identities.

Read the full University of Missouri System Non-Discrimination Policy

Name Changes:

Legal Name Changes

OutLaws, the UMKC School of Law LGBTQIA+ student organization, can provide free consultations for students under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Students can then change their official name on file through the Office of Registration and Records.

Chosen Name Policy

Any student can indicate a chosen name if they do not go by their legal name. Legal names are required to be used for financial aid, transcripts, international student I-20s, and some other documents as required by the University. However, student databases like Pathway, class rosters, grade rosters, Canvas, and many other portals can reflect a student’s chosen name.

Chosen Name Policy
Set a Chosen Name in Pathway
Change Name on Student ID to Chosen Name


All Gender Restrooms

UMKC has over 60 single occupancy all gender restrooms, including two all gender locker rooms. Check out our full list of all gender restrooms as well as our interactive Google map.

Gender Inclusive Housing

At UMKC, gender inclusive housing is available on campus in all residential communities and all room types. Student can indicate they want to live in gender inclusive housing on their application.

Find out more information on gender inclusive housing through Residential Life.


Mentor Program

Transgender and non-binary students can register to be a mentee in the LGBTQIA+ Mentor Program and receive one-on-one support from an LGBTQIA+ graduate student.

Discussion Groups

The purpose of Discussion Groups is to give UMKC students a space to explore their identities and interests. One of the discussion groups offered is specifically for transgender and non-binary students or those questioning their gender identity. The times and locations of the discussion groups can be found on our Peer Education and Support page.


UMKC has five different LGBTQIA+ student organizations. Trans+ provides a space where topics relevant to the experience of being transgender or gender nonconforming and a student can be discussed. They also promote community among students under the transgender umbrella, ally students, and community members.


Trans+ Health

Students at UMKC can access health-related resources through Student Health and Wellness, Counseling Services, and through the UMKC student health insurance plan, Anthem.

Reporting Resources

While we hope students do not experience bias, discrimination, or harassment while on campus, reporting resources are in place in the event an incident occurs. The UMKC Office of Affirmative Action responds to reports of discrimination and harassment as well as all forms of sex-based misconduct, including sexual assault, stalking, and dating and domestic violence and abuse. Additionally, their team responds to expressions of perceived bias as reported to the University and educates individuals on addressing and abstaining from such conduct.

Report Discrimination or Harassment