Resources

The Alliance is under the Office of Multicultural Affairs. They have compiled a list of current resources offered by WPI and by other organizations around Worcester. Learn more here!

At WPI

Gender Neutral Restrooms

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

Gender Inclusive Housing

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.

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.

Canvas

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

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.

 

In the 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.

Worcester Pride

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

SafeHomes

Free one-on-one counseling services on Tuesdays and Thursdays and free on-site HIV testing.
safehomesma.org
508-755-0333

Planned Parenthood

Affordable health care and LGBTQ services including HIV and STD testing and Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy.
plannedparenthood.org
877-686-5772 (option 3)

Fenway Health (Boston, MA)

High quality, comprehensive, and affirming health care.
fenwayhealth.org
617-927-6350
Fenway Health also offers help and listening lines:
Mondays to Saturday, 5pm to 10pm
899-939-7337 (25 & under)
888-340-4528 (25+)

The Trevor Project

Crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth under 25.
thetrevorproject.org
866-488-7386 (24 hour hotline)
Text START to 678678 (textline)

Supporters of Worcester Area GLBT Youth (SWAGLY)

Social support group for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies who are 22 years old or under.
aidsprojectworcester.org/swagly
508-755-3773
swagly@aidsprojectworcester.org

Pathways for Change

Rape crisis center with 24 hour crisis intervention, support groups, counseling, and advocacy for survivors.
pathwaysforchange.help
877-6866-5772 (24 hour hotline)
508-852-7600

Kennedy Community Health Center

Providing health care including gender affirming hormone therapy and trans health care/
kennedychc.org
800-853-2288
info@kennedychc.org