University of California, Riverside


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.


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


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

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 (, Project Policy Analyst, or Christine Victorino (, Associate Chancellor.

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General Campus Information

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