UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Resources Available

Check out the list of resources available. Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list and it is only updated as necessary. Let us know if there are any links or phone numbers that are no longer active or up-to-date. We are always looking to provide the most helpful information to our students. If you think there are other resources, websites, support groups, etc. that would be good for us to know about, please contact our office. Thank you!

Bias Incident Reporting

Campus Victim Advocate
The CVA provides advocacy as well as direct and outreach/prevention services to UWRF students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. For more information about the CVA program, please check out her website.

CVA - Katie Ryan Niznik
(P): 715-25-6751
kathleen.niznik@uwrf.edu

Email examples to professors regarding personal gender pronouns

Financial Aid
(P): 715-425-3141
finaid@uwrf.edu

Grants & Scholarships

Health Topics A - Z

Identity-Based Job Resources
Check out the information compiled by UWRF's Career Services Office. It offers advice, support, and resources for a wide variety of identity-based issues within the work place. Or it is a great starting point if you are looking for opportunities to work abroad or in a non-traditional career.
Career Services
(P): 715-425-3572
career.services@uwrf.edu

International Student Services (ISS)
ISS serves as the primary resource for UW-River Falls international students. The staff in ISS works closely with other members of the University and River Falls community in an effort to improve international student academic, social, and professional success.
(P): 715-425-4982
iss@uwrf.edu

Library Resource Guide
This guide is meant to be a brief overview of resources available on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the Chalmer Davee Library.

McNair Scholars Program
The UWRF Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program provides an enriching educational experience for first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential.

Multicultural Community Center
This space is located in Room 104A of the Chalmer Davee Library. It is maintained by the Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. The room is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. It is reservable by student organizations for after hours use. Just email inclusion@uwrf.edu to make your reservation.

Office of International Education
The Office of International Education facilitates the development of engaged, culturally-aware global citizens and leaders by providing meaningful international education experiences both here and abroad for UW-River Falls students.
(P): 715-425-4891
studyabroad@uwrf.edu
iss@uwrf.edu

PFLAG River Falls
Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families, and friends through support.

Pierce County Reproductive Health
Services are available to both men & women. Nurse Practitioners are available for clinical exams. To see a list of the services provided at no additional cost to students, click here.
(P): 715-425-8003

Pierce County Victim/Witness Coordinator
(P): 715-425-6749

Preferred Name Policy - Staff
UW-River Falls supports the use of preferred names for faculty and staff, while maintaining the official, legal name required for payroll records and data integrity. Your updated name will be reflected in all campus directory accounts. Click here to complete the online forms.

Preferred Name Policy - Students
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will begin implementation of the Preferred Name Policy in September 2017. The goal of the Preferred Name policy is a consistent preferred name experience across University systems and use of one's preferred name wherever a legal name is not absolutely necessary. The University's infrastructure is multi-faceted and complex so there are still some systems where the implementation of preferred name will be forthcoming. Click here to learn more and complete the necessary forms.

Resource Libraries
The Student Involvement Office offers a resource library with books on a wide variety of topics, such as leadership development, race, social justice, intersecting identities, and much more. Stop by the Involvement Center to check it out!
The Center of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging also offer a variety of books, movies, and documentaries. Click here to read more about the resources available. They can be found in Room 104A of the Library.

River Falls Community Food Pantry
(P): 715-425-6880
rfc.foodpantry@gmail.com

River Falls Police
911 (Emergency)
715-425-0909 (Non-Emergency)

Safe Ride Program
This collaborative program between UWRF Student Senate and the City of River Falls Taxi Service provide free taxi rides in River Falls for UWRF students Thursday through Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. when classes are in session.
(P): 715-425-7878

SART - St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team
This organization provides forensic healthcare, education, protection, and advocacy for victim survivors of sexual assault and the community.
(P): 715-425-6443
(Available 24 hours/day)

Second Chances Thrift Store
Turningpoint's Second Chances Thrift Store accepts contributions of gently used items, which are donated to shelter residents who are in desperate need of clothing, household goods, as they escape trauma and create new lives for themselves and their children. They are also open to the public. Revenue from Second Chances Thrift Store comprises approximately 23% of Turningpoint's annual operating budget.
(P): 715-426-5463

Self Help Topics A - Z

Student Ability Services
This office should be contacted regarding accommodations and services for students with physical or mental disabilities.
(P): 715-425-0740
ability.services@uwrf.edu

Student Conduct & Community Standards
Student Conduct & Community Standards promotes student awareness and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities as university community members.
(P): 715-425-4844
sccs@uwrf.edu

Student Health & Counseling Services
Student Health & Counseling Services offers on-campus professional mental health counseling services, clinical services contracted through Vibrant Health Family Clinics in River Falls and Pierce County Reproductive Health Services, and holistic educational and preventative initiatives and programming. They can also provide you with connections to local mental health counseling services for longer-term counseling needs.
Counseling Services: 715-425-3884
Student Health Services: 715-425-3293

Student Involvement Office
Click here for a full list of student organizations at UWRF.
(P): 715-425-4747
studentinvolvement@uwrf.edu

Student Support Services (SSS/TRIO)
SSS is a project designed to help students maximize their academic potential and achieve their academic and personal goals. Our program provides the encouragement, information, and positive support that make our offices a "home away from home" for our students.
(P): 715-425-3713
SSS@uwrf.edu

St. Croix County Reproductive Health
(P): 715-425-8365

St. Croix Victim/Witness Assistant Program
(P): 715-381-4666

Taxi Service
Taxi Service is provided through Student Health Services at no charge with the presentation of a valid UW-River Falls student I.D. Free service provides round-trip (within the city limits of River Falls) transportation to Vibrant Health Family Clinics, Pierce County Reproductive Health Services, & SART.
(P): 715-425-7878

Trans Journey
Parent and Child Support Group that meets monthly in the River Falls community.
Contact PFLAG River Falls or rftransjourney@gmail.com or 651-983-8881.

Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Inc.
Turningpoint offers safety, support, and strength to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. These services include a sexual assault support group and a young adult support group for individuals who have experienced dating/domestic violence. Click here to check out more information about these groups.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-345-5104
24-Hour Text Hotline: 715-821-8626
(P): 715-425-6751

University Police
(P): 715-425-3133
police@uwrf.edu
Click here to learn more about what consitutes a non-emergency call to University Police.

Upward Bound
This is a federally funded college preparatory program that generates in our participants the skills and motivations necessary to complete a program of secondary education, and succeed in a program of post-secondary education.
(P): 715-425-3256
bee.vang@uwrf.edu (Director)

Vibrant Health Family Clinic, River Falls
To see a list of the services provided at no additional cost to students, click here.
(P): 715-425-6701

Violence Prevention Coordinator
The Violence Prevention Coordinator (VPC) is a UW-River Falls employee whose role is to plan, implement, and evaluate theory- and evidence-informed sexual and intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and gender-based violence, and stalking (sexual/intimate partner violence) prevention strategies, policies, programs, and services to support student success.  The VPC is housed in Student Health and Counseling Services at 211 Hagestad Hall.
(VPC office 123X Hagestad Hall)

VPC - Chantell Mitchell
(P): 715-425-3884

chantell.mitchell@uwrf.edu

Click here for a list of Minnesota-based LGBTQIA+ resources and service providers related to:
Crisis, Trans Health, Trans Law, Family Law, Health, Legal, Legislative, Schools & Law, Training, and Youth & Schools.
(http://outfront.org/resources)

American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin

FORGE Forward:
FORGE is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate, and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies). FORGE is dedicated to helping move fragmented communities beyond identity politics and forge a movement that embraces and empowers our diverse complexities. They are based in Milwaukee.
(P): 414-559-2123

Legal Name Change
So you want to change your name? Keep in mind, it doesn't come cheap and it doesn't happen overnight. If you are an out-of-state resident, you can check out this page to learn how to get a legal name change in your state of residence. If you are a Wisconsin resident, check out these two reference pages:

  1. Trans Road Map - Wisconsin
  2. Wisconsin State Law Library

MN LGBTQ Patient Toolkit:
Complete with information on receiving competent medical care, insurance access, tools for visiting providers, and the legal rights and support systems available throughout the state, this toolkit also provides information about self-care and how to apply for health insurance.

Rainbow Health Initiative:
Rainbow Health Initiative is a community-based non-profit organization committed to advancing the health and wellness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities through research, education, and advocacy.
(P): 612-206-3180
info@rainbowhealth.org

Veterans for Diversity:
Wisconsin-based group of volunteers, both military and civilian, dedicated in the helping of LGBT veterans through healing retreats and supplemental scholarships. Their Healing Warrior Hearts retreats are free for veterans.
(P): 414-395-6043

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA):
WCASA's missions is to create the social change necessary to end sexual violence. They work to ensure that every victim in WI gets the support and care they need.
(P): 608-257-1516
wcasa@wcasa.org

Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services:
If you are the victim of a crime, the Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS) is here to help. They offer resources for the emotional and psychological challenges of being a crime victim, as well as compensation for certain financial losses. They can also explain your victim rights in the criminal justice system and assist you in exercising them. Click here for their contact information.

Wisconsin's Sexual Assault Victim Amnesty Law - What You Should Know:
2015 Wisconsin Act 279, became effective on March 25, 2016. It provides amnesty from certain underage drinking citations and University of Wisconsin schools disciplinary actions. Click here to learn more. Please contact the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards with specific questions about how this applies the UWRF campus.

1in6
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. Their mission also includes serving family members, friends, and service providers by offering information and support resources online and in the community. Click here to learn more about 1in6.
24/7 Online Support is available, both Online SupportLines and Online Peer Support Groups.
Click here to learn more about each of these options.

American Civil Liberties Union

A Voice For The Innocent
We are a 501c3 non-profit community of support for victims of rape and sexual abuse.

Crisis Text Line
A free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis.
Text "Hello" to 741741

Department of Veterans Affairs - LGBT Program

Employment Law and Enforcement
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Employment Protections for LGBT Workers
The Career Services office on campus is a great resource for any employment based questions.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD):
Nationwide media watch and anti-defamation group.

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD):
Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN):
Organization working to create safe schools.

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality:
Nation group for GLBT health care providers and patients in advocacy, education, referrals, and research.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC):
The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

It Gets Better Project:
1-888-843-4564
1-800-246-7743 (Youth Talkline)

Know Your Rights
Check out this page from Lambda Legal to learn more about the protections in every state for LGBTQIA+ people and their families.

Lambda Legal:
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.

LGBTQ National Help Center:
The LGBT National Help Center, founded in 1996, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections, and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of LGBT volunteers, they operate three national hotlines, the LGBT National Hotline, the LGBT National Youth Talkline, and the SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline, as well as private, volunteer one-on-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more. We also maintain the largest collection of resources for the LGBT community in the United States, with 15,000 local resources for cities and towns across the country.
LGBT National Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-7743
LGBT National Hotline: 1-888-844-4564
SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline: 1-888-234-7243

LGBTQ Workplace Resource Guide
Resource guide to help you navigate the corporate landscape as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Movement Advancement Project (MAP)
MAP's mission is to provide independent and rigorous research, insight, and analysis that help speed full equality for LGBT people.

National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-7233
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

National LGBTQ Task Force:
The Task Force advances full freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255

Office for Civil Rights - U.S. Department of Education:
The mission of the Office of Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

Organizations for Deaf Survivors of Abuse

OutServe - Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN)

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG):
National organization of allies of the LGBTQ community.

Queer Resources Directory

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)/National Sexual Assault Hotline:
1-800-656-4673

Redefining Safe Space for Transgender Patients
Check out this blog article written by the staff in the Department of Nursing at the University of Southern California.

The Jed Foundation - Half of Us:
1-800-273-8255
Text START to 741-741

The Trevor Project:
1-866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline:
1-877-565-8860

VA Health Administration Transgender and Intersex Directive

World Professional Association for Transgender Health

Trans 101: The Basics
Welcome to Trans 101, a brand new series on gender diversity! In video one, we dive into being Trans, Gender Identity, and what it's all about.

Life Outside the Gender Binary
NBC OUT Contributor and genderqueer activist Jacob Tobia describes why some people, like Jacob, prefer to "live in a world where gender and sexuality can be more fluid."

Pidgeon Pagonis: Intersex Pt. 1
This video gives an introduction into Pidgeon's intersex story. It provides an intersex 101 of sorts, and focuses mostly on Pidgeon's intersex variation known as Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome.

TW: Discussion about experiencing non-consensual genital surgery.

Pidgeon Pagonis: Intersex Pt. 2
Part 2 describes how Pidgeon's Androgen Insensitive body works, and doesn't work. It also tells of how Pidgeon's physicians talked their parents into allowing them to perform a gonadectomy. Doctors inflate the risk of gonadal cancer in order to get their consent.

Pidgeon Pagonis: Intersex Pt. 3
Part 3 is all about the clitorectomy doctors talked Pidgeon's parents into, and how and why the intersex community needs to fight in solidarity with Black and Brown folks fighting for liberation.

Transgender Teen Shares Powerful Message
Transgender teen shares powerful message on bullying through notecards: "We're not a threat. We are just like any other kids. We only want people to accept and love us for who we are."

Ask An Asexual Person
What is asexuality?

The Gender Tag: Authentic Gender Expression
Most people don't stop to think about their experience of gender, leading to a lack of understanding for others and a limited world view. If you never explore your gender identity, you might never be able to make informed choices about your body and your life.

Gender is not a straight line
Gender is not a straight line, it's a spectrum. Charlie explores the challenges faced by trans people, particularly trans youth. He explains firsthand the oppression felt growing up being identified as a female although he has always identified as male.

We all need a safe place to pee
In a poetically rhythmic talk, Ivan Coyote highlights the need for gender neutral washrooms in all public places.

Bi the way, we exist
In this TEDx talk, Viet speaks about the complexities of coming out as bisexual and the positive and negative reactions that he received from his family and friends.

Brown, Trans, Queer, Muslim, and Proud
In this moving talk, Sabah talks about his life as a transgender Muslim and how his different identities collide.

My Two Mums (The Myths of Gay Adoption)
When people announce they are going to have children - the normal reaction is "Congratulations!" When you're a gay couple who announce that you are going to adopt, you can get a very different reaction.

What Being a Lesbian and a Sorority President Taught Me About Sisterhood
University of Oklahoma student Jacki Bradshaw shares her story about coming out amidst the heteronormative stereotypes of university greek life.

Above all else, remember that LGBTQIA+ people are looking for respect and support. Ally is a verb - actions speak louder than words.

Who can be an ally?

Allies are people of the dominant or majority group. While allies can be straight or cisgender identified individuals, LGBTQIA+ identified individuals can also serve as allies to other oppressed communities within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.

What is an ally?

Allies are supportive advocates for LGBTQIA+ communities through their activism, involvement, or their nature to speak out against oppression and inequality. Allies can help LGBTQIA+ people by actively working to end homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, cissexism, and heterosexism. They work to end oppression in their private and professional lives through support of, and as an advocate for the oppressed populations. An ally can be an activist, a speaker, an educator, or a friend. They represent visible support for the LGBTQIA+ community, a safe zone, or a role model.

An Ally Is Not:

  • An automatic expert on LGBTQIA+ topics
  • A counselor
  • A spokeperson for LGBTQIA+ people or other allies

 

These are just some of the many ways that you can support the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • Be open. LGBTQIA+ individuals often face a lot of judgment and discrimination. You can create a safe place by simply being willing to talk and not pass judgment. Start by listening and asking open-ended questions.

  • Avoid trying to convince people who identify as LGBTQIA+ that you are on their side. Just be there for them.

  • Understand that LGBTQIA+ people are experts on their own experiences.

  • Confront your prejudice. It may be uncomfortable, but it's important to examine yourself and the assumptions you make. Think about the jokes you tell and the pronouns you use. For example: Have you ever assumed someone's partner was of the opposite sex only to find out later that you were wrong? How would you feel if people around you made jokes about an important part of your identity? Examine your behavior and focus on how to be a better ally.

  • Challenge your assumptions. Think about what being a "man" or "woman" means to you. How do those ideas affect your ability to be a strong ally? Do they influence your judgments, words, or actions? Try to be open to other definitions and see where it takes you.

  • Take responsibility for your own education on issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. Gender identity is not tied to sexual orientation.

  • Respect the pronouns. When someone tells you what pronouns they prefer, use them. If you're unsure of what to use, try "they/their/them". And don't be afraid to ask.

  • Be honest about things you don't understand. Don't try to fake it.

  • Making mistakes is part of the learning process of practicing allyship. Acknowledge and apologize for mistakes. Learn from them but do not retreat.

  • NEVER out a trans person. This is dangerous to their safety and can invalidate their identity. Likewise, be aware of your surroundings when discussing trans topics with a trans person. For their safety and comfort, they may prefer not to discuss these topics in public settings and/or around strangers.

  • Recognize the diversity of trans lives. Remember that these identities are part of other identities, and intersect with race, class, sexual orientation, age, etc.

  • Recognize that not all trans people are out there trying to smash the gender binary. It's not their responsibility. If you want to smash the gender binary, then do it!

  • Check your resources. Our resource page has links to many different resources and organizations that can provide more information and connections for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Or you can contact our office with more questions.

Contact Us

Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

inclusion@uwrf.edu

715-425-3300

M - F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

269 David Rodli Hall

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