University of California, Riverside

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Chancellor's Task Force on the California Gender Recognition Act


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**Please check back regularly for ongoing updates on the work of the Task Force**

The Gender Recognition Act (California Senate Bill 179) was signed into law, and will go into effect January 1, 2019. The bill streamlines the process for Californians to apply to change their gender markers, and creates a nonbinary gender category on California birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, identity cards, and gender-change court orders. This law provides an opportunity for our campus to update language and policies to be more inclusive of transgender, intersex, and nonbinary members of the UCR community.

To prepare our campus for this transition, Chancellor Wilcox has asked Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Mariam Lam, to lead a task force to examine current use of gender in systems across the campus, and to advise senior leadership on steps to incorporate a nonbinary category into these systems. This will entail a campus-wide process of:

  1. Reviewing campus data systems, report templates, surveys/assessments, physical spaces, and policy language
  2. Implementing inclusive changes to systems, policies and customer service practices
  3. Recommending training and resources to ensure appropriate implementation.

The task force is consistent with UCR’s Principles of Community, by which we affirm our commitment to equitable treatment of all students, staff, and faculty; as well as our commitment to creating an environment in which each person has the opportunity to grow and develop.  Further, this task force will work in concert with the UC Office of the President, as it develops the system-wide Gender Identity Toolkit and Guidelines for Employees.

Timeline

The task force will convene regularly during the 2018-2019 academic year. Initial recommendations will be developed by December 21, 2018, for review and implementation by senior leadership and other campus stakeholders in 2019.

Here are a few additional milestones:

  • October 15-30 2018: Inventory distribution to campus community
  • December 2018: Initial recommendations to campus leadership
  • June 2019: Follow up on implementation progress with units

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is UCR conducting this inventory?

The inventory is a tool to help the UCR campus community implement the California Gender Recognition Act. This law provides an opportunity for our campus to update language and policies to be more inclusive of transgender, intersex, and nonbinary members of the UCR community. All departments are asked to review documents, processes, and/or facilities to ensure that there is a non-binary gender option, parallel to the provision of this option on California official documents.  

  1. Why does each unit need a point person?

We will be communicating with this point person throughout the year to see what the needs of the unit include, and how we can best accommodate and/or assist the unit in making needed improvements.  For example, if the unit needs new signage for existing gender-inclusive restroom facilities, we need to know what existing facilities are already present and what is needed from Facilities to assist the unit in making appropriate updates.

  1. Are there templates and models of appropriate gender categories that we can see to apply to our existing documents and policies?

Yes, we will be providing models, templates, and other useful resources on this website. In general, the DMV and the UC system will be providing the options of M = male, F = female, X = nonbinary. Please check back occasionally for newly updated materials.

  1. Are there any workshops or trainings we can attend to help us understand the changes and better inform ourselves toward creating a more gender inclusive campus?

Yes, the campus offers a quarterly workshop “Creating a Trans-Inclusive Work Environment” that you may register to attend via the UCR Learning Center web site: http://ucrlearning.ucr.edu. Search for Transgender and the course options will pop up.

This 2-hour workshop will increase your knowledge of gender identity and expression, diversity within the transgender community, and current UC and government resources, policies, and laws. We will address both staff and faculty concerns and provide communication skills and action tips for creating a more trans-inclusive campus and workplace.

If you would like further information or training, you may request a presenter to lead an in-person presentation and Q&A by emailing Nancy Jean Tubbs at nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu.

  1. Does this all have to be completed by January 1, 2019?  

The Act will become enforceable by law on January 1, 2019, so that is when we can expect official IDs and birth certificates to have the nonbinary option.  We anticipate that it may take the campus the rest of the year and beyond to gradually update all units across campus, and that initially, we will learn on a case by case basis new areas that need improvement and updating.  We recommend that as each unit proceeds with its daily activities, each document/policy/facility that is addressed be reviewed as it appears. Thus, by the end of one full annual cycle, a unit may be somewhat confident that it has addressed and reviewed the regular policies/documents/facilities most frequently used by that unit.

  1. Are we responsible for updating data systems?

Central data systems, such as UC undergraduate admissions, Banner, and UC Path, will be administered and updated centrally as they come online.  However, if your own department/unit maintains internal applications and databases, such as for graduate recruitment, etc., please do update those within your units directly.

  1. What can I do when I hear dismissive comments of this process from others? 

Since most individuals who initially react dismissively do so because they do not thoroughly understand the underlying goals, issues and ramifications, they may benefit from additional education and resources, such as the training mentioned in Question #4 and the resources below.

  1. Where can I go for additional resources?

See Question #4 and the resources below.

Resources

UCR Transgender Guide
Fact Sheet from the Transgender Law Center
Example of changes made for California State Housing Entities

Task Force Membership

Mariam Lam, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion (Chair)
Kiersten Boyce, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Compliance Officer
Nicole Butts, Director, EEO & Affirmative Action
Tamala Choma, Senior Counsel
Bracken Dailey, Registrar
Danna Gianforte, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer
Jadie Lee, Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Mike Lane, Chief of Police
Nancy Jean Tubbs, Director, LGBT Resource Center 
Ameae Walker, Vice Provost, Academic Personnel

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Beth Claassen Thrush (elizabeth.thrush@ucr.edu), Project Policy Analyst, or Christine Victorino (christine.victorino@ucr.edu), Associate Chancellor.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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