Trans* @ Mac

At Macalester College, we recognize the importance of creating policies and practices that support students who identify as transgender, genderqueer, and/or gender non-conforming to feel included and valued in our campus community. To this end, this webpage was created to provide an overview of the resources and processes we have in place to support students in exploring and affirming their gender identity.

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Read Macalester’s official policy regarding transgender inclusion in athletics.

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For people whose gender expression is not always recognized or validated, entering gendered restrooms can result in humiliation, harassment, or violence. To recognize the importance of the safety and comfort of everyone in our community, Macalester wants to ensure access to single-stall and/or all-gender restrooms on campus.

All-gender bathrooms are available in almost every building on campus, with intended renovations coming online every year. View this map for updates on specific locations.

Locker rooms

The Leonard Center offers an all-gender locker room available to all students, staff and faculty. Students may use whichever locker room they feel best suits their gender identity. For more information on getting a locker in the all-gender locker room, please contact Jim Hoppe () or Mike Madigan ().

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The Health and Wellness Center

The mission of the Health and Wellness Center is to create a healthy community by working with students to achieve physical, emotional, and social well-being. Located in the Leonard Center, Health and Wellness provides medical services, counseling, health-promotion activities, and safer sex materials to students for little to no cost.

All HWC staff are trained allies committed to promoting health and wellness for our LGBTQ students in a safe and supportive environment.

Transition services

The Health and Wellness Center offers guidance for students seeking gender affirming hormone reassignment therapy (HRT). Contact Steph Walters ( ) for more information.

As Is

As Is is a conversation and support community for students interesting in exploring and questioning their gender identity or sexual orientation. The confidential group is co-facilitated by LGBTQ-identified staff and students.  For information contact Don DeBorer (, x6275)

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All-gender campus housing is available for students of all years in the following locations:

First-Year Students

Doty Hall

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

All-Gender House (located in Kirk 4)

Kirk Hall

George Draper-Dayton Hall (GDD)

Grand-Cambridge Apartments (GCA)

Cultural House

Veggie Co-Op

Summit House

Language Houses

Students are free to live with whichever gender they identify with on single-sex floors.  Click here for more information about all gender living options.

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The  identity collectives provide students with the opportunity to talk together about identity and diversity issues both within their specific communities and in inter-group dialogues. Each collective group is facilitated by trained faculty, staff, and students. The following are identity collectives focused on gender- and sexuality-based identities; the names listed below are the facilitators for the Fall 2015 semester:

Trans Identity Collective (TrIC)

Spencer Fugate '18

Queer People of Color Collective (QPOCC)

Demetrius Colvin, Multicultural Life

Suresh Mudragada, Campus Programs

Vivian Liu '17

MJ Carpio '18

Queer Women’s Identity Collective (QWIC)

Kate Gallagher '16

Marissa Heim '17

Natalie Kaplan '17

Mariah Sitler '18

Vivian Liu '17

Multisexual and Multiromantic Identity Collective (M&M)

Anna Mickle '17

EJ Schoenborn '17

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Initiating a Name Change

Any student wishing to initiate a name change should contact Jim Hoppe, the Dean of Students, at  or 651-696-6220. The college strives to support students in transition prior to a legal name change to ensure that they are recognized as who they are during their daily experience at Macalester College.  Still, there are differences in college services that will only use your institutionally recognized name and gender (IRN/G) and those that need to use your legally recognized name and gender (LRN/G).  More information about these differences and how your name and gender information is used by the college can be found in this chart.

Email and Google Apps

Students may choose to receive a new email address that utilizes their institutionally recognized name’s first initial. If changing from a pre-existing Macalester email address, all files and correspondence from your previous address is transferred to your new one, and your previous address becomes an alias to your new one; this means that all correspondence sent to your previous email address will be automatically forwarded to your new one. 

College Directory

Your institutionally recognized name will show up in search results, class rosters and most college correspondence; likewise, your professors and classmates will only see your institutionally recognized name. Students should note, however, that paper mail sent to your permanent address will also be addressed to your institutionally recognized name, meaning those on its receiving end will see your institutionally recognized name.

ID Card

You can receive a new identification card (and take a new ID picture, if you choose) for free after changing your name in the College’s systems.

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If you feel you have been disrespected by any member of the College on the basis of your gender identity or expression, contact Karla Benson Rutten, Macalester’s Title IX Coordinator & Director of Equity.


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On-Campus Resources

Click here to view on-campus resources for LGBTQ identified students

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Off-Campus Resources

Click here to view Local  and National  resources for LGBTQ identified students

77 Mac:

4 single-stall restrooms

Lower level/basement

Campus Center:

1 single-stall restroom

Lower level, between the Highlander Store and SPO

Cultural House:

1 all-gender multi-stall restroom

First Floor

*Not wheelchair accessible


2 single-stall restrooms

First floor, next to Dupre Hall Office

1 single-stall restroom

Basement floor


2 single-stall restrooms

Basement floor

Janet Wallace Theater Building:

2 single-stall restrooms

First floor, next to the box office

Janet Wallace Art Building:

2 single-stall restrooms

Second floor, next to the print studio


2 all-gender multi-stall restrooms

Lower level, along back wall


2 single-stall restrooms

Lower level, next to soda machines

Leonard Center:

1 single-stall locker room (with shower)

First floor, next to pool entrance


Multi-stall restrooms

One on the second and fourth floors

Markim Hall:

6 single-stall restrooms

Two on first floor, two on second floor, two on third floor

Neil Hall:

1 multi-stall restroom

Second floor

Old Main:

2 single-stall restrooms

Fourth Floor


2 single-stall restrooms

First floor, next to Boardroom