WPI is committed to providing support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer populations. The “+” is used to respectfully and sensitively recognize all populations in the community.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the student group the Alliance, the Division of Talent & Inclusion and the Division of Student Affairs aim to provide informative events and support for LGBTQ+ community members.

LGBTQ+ Resources and Support

There are many resources available to assist and support you as a student on this campus. Not sure where to turn? Here are some suggestions.

Campus Life

The Alliance

The Alliance is a student organization at WPI whose mission to provide a voice and body for students of WPI of all sexual orientations and gender identities. The organization offers social and educational programming and a support networks for students.

Gender Inclusive Restrooms

There are numerous gender-inclusive restrooms available on campus. A full listing of the locations can be found on WPI’s Interactive Map.

Gender Inclusive Housing & Housing Application

Residential Services offers a variety of undergraduate housing opportunities that support students with a variety of gender expressions. For more information on housing options and directions on how to update your preferred name in StarRez, WPI’s housing selection and roster database, click here. While your legal name & sex will appear in your housing application, you do have the ability to create your own username for the online housing application search function.

Mental Health and Wellness Support

The Student Development and Counseling Center affirms and supports students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Staff strive to provide a safe, intentional space where LGBTQ+, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming students can have their wellness needs met. The SDCC is located on Einhorn Rd and can be reached at 1-508-831-5540 or sdcc@wpi.edu.

Lived Name

Legal Name or Gender Change

If you have legally changed your name and/or gender and wish to have this reflected in your official student record, complete the Legal Name or Gender Change Form available on the Registrar’s web site.

Preferred Name

If you are interested in sharing your gender identity with WPI or listing your preferred name in UNIX based applications at WPI (this includes the campus directory and your email display name) and on your WPI ID card, you can confidentially contact Emily Perlow, Assistant Dean of Students, eperlow@wpi.edu, located in the Dean of Students Office in the Rubin Campus Center.

Otherwise, your legal name and gender will continue to be used in systems that require it, for example: financial records, government reporting, official University records, medical records. This will not change your name in Banner or on class lists or rosters. This can currently only be done by completing the Legal Name or Gender Change form.

Worcester Community

Getting Connected with Worcester Community Health Care Providers

Health Services staff annually attend the “Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health” symposium and are knowledgeable in students of all sexual orientations and offer gender affirmative care. They can direct you to appropriate community resources based upon your needs.  Health Services is located in the lower level of Stoddard C and can be reached at 1-508-831-5520.

Community Resources

There are a number of resources available to LGBTQ+ Worcester community members. A listing compiled by Worcester Pride can be found here.

Academic & Career

Canvas

You can update your name in Canvas on your own. This can be done by following these steps.

The Job Search & Handshake

The Career Development Center has some tips about what you choose to share or not share about your identity in your job search here.

If you wish to change your preferred name in Handshake, you can edit this in your student profile. If you wish to change your gender in Handshake, go here for instructions.

Merit

WPI’s Public Relations team uses the Merit platform to share student news through hometown press releases. If you would like to use your preferred name, please contact media@wpi.edu.

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Lavender Commencement Celebration, 2019

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Dr. Butler up on stage giving a speech
Lavender Commencement Celebration, 2019

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Lavender Commencement Celebration, 2019

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Lavender Commencement Celebration, 2019

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Lavender Commencement Celebration, 2019

LGBTQ+ Support at Work

The Career Development Center offers a wide variety of tips and support for LGBTQ+ students when it comes to the job search. Download the LGBTQ+ Student Resources tipsheet (PDF) for information on identifying LGBTQ+ friendly employers, coming out at work, and more.

The Showcase

Masque, WPI's main theatre group, recently produced The Showcase, a compilation of plays that were previously produced for New Voices and feature LGBTQ+ themes. According to director Shannon Healy, "The Showcase is a celebration of WPI as a whole and what makes us a great community socially and culturally."

News

October 10, 2013