LGBTQIA+ Life at Wagner

LGBTQIA+ Life at Wagner College

LGBTQIA+ (which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) Life at Wagner is an important part of our campus culture. We strive to create inclusive and supportive environments for LGBTQIA+ students. We are constantly working to further enhance our progressive approach to issues of social justice and human rights through the provision of resources intended to educate and inform members of the College, nurturing allyship within the Wagner community, and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community. We do this through:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Initatives
  • Student Organizations
  • Campus Programming
  • Connections with External Partners and Resources
  • Assistance with Accommodations
  • Supportive Health & Wellness Options
  • Education and Awareness
  • Social Life and Integration

We want to ensure you feel you have an equally supportive environment. As always, all of our activities are open to all students without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability or status in any group protected by federal, state or local law.

It is important for all students to know of their resources and to connect with our staff. If you have any questions, you can always reach out to us!

Gender Inclusive Bathrooms

The College offers gender inclusive bathrooms across campus. These are bathroom facilities that are open to all people regardless of gender identity and expression. We are working to update this list, so please monitor it. If you have any feedback or suggestions please let us know!

Union: 2nd Floor,  Main Dining Hall (2, Both Single Occupant Facilities)
Harborview Hall: Main Entrance (2, Both Single Occupant Facilities)
Spiro Sports Center: 2nd Floor (2, Both Single Occupant Facilities)
Megerle Science Hall: 1st Floor (1, Single Occupant Facility)
Towers Hall: 3rd Floor, C Tower (1, single Occupant Facility)

Note, residence hall bathroom assignments can be discussed with Residential Education.

Display Name

Wagner is committed to working with students to make them feel comfortable. If a student has not explored a legal name, we do have the capacity to change the display names of students.  If you would like to discuss having this process explored, you can contact Thomas Tressler-Gelok, Ed.D. ( 

In those efforts, the following items can be changed: 

  • Email Addresses and Onelogin
    • *The way an email address appears can be changed. The initial username cannot be adjusted while classes are in session, but the display of the username can be changed.
  • Class Rosters
  • Housing Rosters
  • Third-party systems (facilities requests, Everfi training, etc) 
  • Wagner College ID Card & Parking Pass 
  • Scholarship & Financial Aid Award Letters 
  • Dean’s List Publishing 
  • Internal Campus Mailings 

Due to the federal government, items associated with your Social Security Number require the legal name. Therefore, the following documents will have the legal name: 

  • Financial Aid Documentation, including your FAFSA, loan applications, etc. 
  • Official Transcripts 
  • Paychecks and employment documentation (e.g. I-9, W-4)
  • Tax forms, such as the W2 and 1098t

Note: The Office of Financial Aid, the Bursar, and the Registrar are trained and committed to handling legal name and name changes with the utmost respect and will be notified of any changes to ensure their staff is conscious and respectful of your name. To do the legal name change process at Wagner, please visit the Registrar’s Office

Within this policy, it is important to note that after a semester begins, many of these changes cannot go into effect until a new semester begins. The College can send notice on name mid-term to instructors. Additionally, communication will be provided to relevant department heads that this information would be pertinent to. This includes: the Registrar, the Director of Financial Aid, Payroll, the Bursar, Assistant Dean of Campus Life, Director of Residential Education, Dean of CACE, Vice President of Campus Life, and Chief Diversity Officer.

Personal Gender Pronouns

Wagner College is committed to supporting all of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators. In this commitment, we seek to promote a safe and inclusive community for our community members who are transgender, non-binary, gender queer, and gender non-binary. In these efforts, the College is committed to recognizing a person’s personal pronouns. 

The College aims to incorporate personal pronouns into day-to-day actions as a means to allow for a person to individually select and identify their pronouns. With this intended action, members of the community are not required to disclose their pronouns. However, the College commits to working to include personal pronouns in order to demonstrate this social action. By including personal pronouns in communications, dialogues, and materials, Wagner College community members can take an important step in promoting the expression of the individual self and avoid gender norms that can misgender members of the community.  Pronouns can include:

  • He, Him, and His
  • She, Her, and Hers 
  • They, Them, Theirs 
  • Ze, Zir, Sirs
  • Ze, Hir, Hirs 
  • She, They 
  • He, They 
  • No Preferred Pronouns 

Although this list seeks to note pronouns together, it is not uncommon for individuals to use pronouns together, like she/they or he/no preferred pronouns. Additionally, a person’s pronoun or gender identification may change or vary based on the context, situation, and their comfort. So please remember this is a continuum and not a singular choice/selection.

Things to think about in our community…

  • Allow individuals to self-identify their names and pronouns. Do not assign them. 
  • Do not require people to identify their pronouns if they do not wish to do so. 
  • If you mis-gender a person, do not overcorrect. Politely correct yourself and your peers in a calm, thoughtful, and respectful manner. Do not aim to embarrass someone. 
    • For example, if someone misgenders a person in an email you can respond using the appropriate pronouns as an attempt to redirect the party. 
  • Honor the personal pronouns even when the person is not present. 
  • Do not disclose a person’s gender identity unless you have obtained their consent.  
  • Do not ask personal questions of trans and gender non-conforming people that you would not ask of others.