Trans & Nonbinary Student Resource Guide
Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) is dedicated to embedding and supporting diversity in every facet of the institution. Creating an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to select the first, middle, and last name that best matches their self-identification is just one of many ways MSUM is committed to creating an inclusive environment for the campus community. We see this policy as part of our core values – Heart.
- Equal Opportunity & Nondiscrimination in Employment & Education Policy
- MSUM Campus Community
- Office of Diversity & Inclusion
- Rainbow Dragon Center
- Preferred Name Program
MSUM is home to eight residence halls and one apartment complex.
Gender Inclusive Housing
Gender Inclusive Housing is available in West and South Snarr. These facilities allow for continuing residents, women, men, and people of all gender identities and expressions to live in the same community together.
Rainbow Dragon Learning Community
You should live in this community if you are interested in exploring your personal identity and looking to help create and support an equitable society. The Rainbow Dragon Learning Community reflects the diverse world in which we live by providing students of any major or class level opportunities to meaningfully discuss gender and sexuality. Students will live in a supportive environment and learn about the connections between diverse LGBTQ+ identities and social justice with LGBTQ+ and allied peers, faculty, and staff.
MSUM uses myHousing, a new comprehensive student housing solution including online housing and learning community applications, online roommate and room self-selection, roommate matching, and core staff administrative functions.
Throughout the academic buildings, there are 16 gender-neutral restrooms located in Hagen, Hendrix Health, MacLean, Murry, Flora Frick, Center for the Arts, Lommen Hall, Wellness Center, Library (Has a sign stating to use the restroom that you identify with), and Comstock Memorial Union.
The amount of all gender restrooms vary depending on what residence hall you are staying in. Overall there are 48 all gender full restrooms (shower, toilet, & sink) in the residence halls and nine all-gender restrooms (toilet & sink) in the common areas.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion (CMU 120)
Rainbow Dragon Center (Bridges 150), Women’s Center (Bridges 154), American Indian Center (CMU 115), Intercultural Center (CMU 121)
Title IX Coordinator
Acts of sexual violence are intolerable. MSUM expects all members of the campus community to act in a manner that does not infringe on the rights of others. We are committed to eliminating all acts of sexual violence. MSUM faculty and staff are concerned about the well-being and development of our students. We are obligated to share information with the MSUM Title IX Coordinator in certain situations to help ensure that the students’ safety and welfare is being addressed, consistent with the requirements of the law. These disclosures include but are not limited to reports of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
The MSUM Public Safety Department proudly serves thousands of students, faculty and staff members. We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all that live, work and study at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Our department has more than 30 employees who provide quality services to the MSUM community, and we are proud of our commitment to excellence in public service. We encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns about University safety and security.
MSU Moorhead's Campus CARE Team provides faculty, staff, and students a resource to contact if they have concerns about a student. There are many reasons why faculty, staff or students might refer a student to the CARE Team. Some of the reasons (but not all of them) include suicide ideation, depression, substance abuse, disruptive behavior in class, making violent statements, feeling threatened by a student, and concerns for a student's welfare.
Counseling Community Outreach Center
Provides free, professional and confidential counseling services for children, adolescents, adults and families in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
MSUM Counseling Center
Counseling Services offers convenient mental and physical health care right on campus. Our staff includes a full-time physician and nurse practitioner and is available to treat common illnesses and minor injuries, give allergy shots and immunizations, perform annual exams and physicals, lab services, STD/STI testing, pap smears, counseling, and provide referrals to other local providers. Pharmacy services are also available to students with co-pays accepted.
Lutheran Campus Ministries – Pastor Jon Olson
MSUM Voice Therapy - MSUM Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic
Sliding Scales helps to safely and effectively improve voice.
Rainbow Dragon Center Learning Community
You should live in this community if you are interested in exploring your personal identity and looking to help create and support an equitable society. The Rainbow Dragon LC reflects the diverse world in which we live by providing students of any major or class level opportunities to meaningfully discuss gender and sexuality. Students will live in a supportive environment and learn about the connections between diverse LGBTQ+ identities and social justice with LGBTQ+ and allied peers, faculty, and staff.
LGBTQ+ student organization.
The Fargo-Moorhead Community is a welcoming community that hosts a number of LGBTQIA+ events throughout the year. Some of which include
Hosts a yearly pride festival in August. This past year’s events included: bowling, LGBTQ+ trivia & karaoke, pride dance party, pride 5k, pride in the park, pride block party, and the FM pride parade.
LGBT Film Festival
The Fargo-Moorhead LGBTQ+ Film Festival seeks to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender lived experience through the visions of innovative film and video makers. We seek films and videos that enrich, entertain, and encourage a sense of community. This festival hopes to recognize the diversity of local, regional, national, and international LGBTQ+ communities.
Fargo-Moorhead LGBTQ+ Groups
Their mission is to help advance the needs of the transgender community through education, support, and advocacy. They are a support group whose goal is to spread awareness and support for transgender individuals in MN, SD, and ND. They meet on the third Saturday of each month at the pride collective.
The Mission of the Pride Collective is to create a sense of community and promote education and social activities aimed at furthering the social and physical well-being and development of the LGBTQ+ community in the Red River Valley.
The laws and protects for LGBTQ+ individuals vary greatly depending on what side of the Red River you are on.
Minnesota Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
Minnesota has laws in place addressing discrimination against gender identity and gender orientation in the following areas housing, employment, public accommodations, school anti-bullying, education, and transgender healthcare. Additionally, Minnesota has laws and policies in place that facilitate a gender marker change on both birth certificate and driver's license.
North Dakota: Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation
Fargo has a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation, but it only applies to city employees. However, the rest of the state, including Fargo does not prohibit discrimination, towards gender identity and sexual orientation in the following categories: Housing, Employment, Hate Crimes, Public Accommodations, School Anti-Bullying, Education, and Transgender Healthcare. The state does allow individuals to change their gender identity only on their driver's license, but not a birth certificate.
Community Uplift Program
Community Uplift Program exists to bolster the visibility of the LGBTQ+ population and coordinate resources for those community members. They offer training to help organizations become more culturally sensitive and aware.
Harbour Health Clinic
Sliding Scale, Informed Consent Hormone Therapy
Thursday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
417 Main Ave, Fargo ND 58103
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
New Story Counseling Services – Naomi Tabassum
Transgender affirming therapist
Address: 1321 23rd St S, Suite N, Fargo, ND 58103
Pride Collective and Community Center
Their mission is to create a sense of community and promote education and social activities aimed at furthering the social and physical well-being and development of the LGBTQ+ community in the Red River Valley.
Address: 1105 1st Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103
Rape and Abuse Crisis Center
They provide crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education services for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. Confidential services are provided to victims at no charge
Address: 317 8th St N, Fargo, ND 58102
Phone (24-hour crisis line): 701.293.7273 or 1.800.344.7273
The Village Family Service Center – Christine Bietz
LGBTQ+ inclusive therapist.
Address: 1201 25th St S, Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701.451.4900 or 1.800.627.8220