Resources for Transgender Students

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Choose from the following categories for information relating to transgender and gender-nonconforming students at CCA.

Health Care

Kaiser provides a Multi-Specialty Transitions Department at its Oakland Medical Center, which is “deeply committed to providing equitable, compassionate, and high-quality medical care to our transgender patients and their families.”

Phone: 510.752.7149

Their gender-affirming health-care services include hormone consultations, surgical evaluations, psychological services, and gynecologic care.

The MST department also includes a medical social worker who is available to assist with legal name changes.

All MST services are available to Kaiser Permanente members; ask your primary care physician for a referral.

Kaiser also runs The San Francisco Gender Pathways Clinic, which provides hormone consultations for gender transition and follow-up medical care for transmen, transwomen, gender-queer, and other gender nonconforming patients.

Phone: 415.833.TRNS (8767)

According to the Attendance Policy in the Student Handbook, individual faculty members determine whether a class absence due to surgery or other medical care is excusable. If you need to miss class for any reason, make sure to inform your instructor ahead of time.

Legal vs. Chosen Name

In California, you generally have the legal right to change your name by using a new name in all aspects of your life (a.k.a., the "usage method"). However, government agencies typically require a court order as official proof of a name change.

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You DO NOT need a court order to . . .

  • change your gender on your California driver's license, social security card or US passport
  • have a new birth certificate issued that reflects a change of gender (for California birth records). If born outside of California, you may wish to acquire a court order gender change to amend your birth certificate.

Visit Gender Change for additional resources, such as ID Please - A guide to Changing California and Federal Identity Documents to Match Your Gender Identity.

You DO need a court order to . . .

  • legally change your name. (Note: If you need to change your name and gender, follow these instructions or, alternatively, change your gender with the State Registrar -- without a court order -- and separately get a name-change-only court order.)

How to Legally Change Your Name

  • First, file a Petition for Change of Name while you are in the court process of getting a court order (this can take up to three months*).
  • You will be issued a court date between two and three months out.
  • Follow all required steps.
  • Once the court approves, you will receive a court order called a decree that legally changes your name.

* Some courts are busier than others, and it may take longer. Make sure you read the instructions carefully. Some application processes differ slightly based on whether you are changing your name to conform to your gender identity or because of some other special situation.

Read complete details on the California Courts FAQ page.

You can pick up a Request for Change of Name form at the Student Records Office on either campus. Your submission of the form initiates a formal change in the name used for your official records. For current students, the form authorizes the new name to be entered on the permanent record including any subsequent data.

Federal Regulations

In certain circumstances, CCA will need to disclose your legal name to third parties, typically US governmental bodies (e.g., the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid; earnings information communicated to the Internal Revenue Service for tax purposes, such as if you hold a work-study position at the college; federal grand jury or law enforcement subpoenas; and forms related to Visas for international students).

As a student, you are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that prohibits CCA from sharing your personal information in many situations.

While FERPA outlines a number of exceptions in which your information may be shared, such reasons are mostly for internal uses of the information directly related to your education.

While CCA is allowed to publicly display so-called directory information that includes your name, you also have the right to request CCA withhold such details by completing a Non-Release of (Public/Directory) Information Form.

Public Safety (IDs)

All students must wear a current CCA photo identification card at all times while on campus. A current CCA photo ID card is required to enter the San Francisco campus. For assistance with your student ID (getting a new ID card and obtaining stickers) contact the Public Safety Office on either campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Important: New students may request a free photo ID card (one time only); replacement cards cost $10 each. Chains and lanyards for photo ID cards are obtained at the Public Safety Office on either campus.

Students must obtain a sticker to validate their photo ID card for each semester of enrollment.

Counseling Services

Professional, confidential counseling is available free of charge to all students. Counseling Services offers brief individual therapy, crisis intervention, assessments, and referrals to community resources.

To make an appointment with a counselor, contact Student Affairs in Oakland at 510.594.3666 or in San Francisco at 415.703.9570.

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Title IX

Sexual Harassment or Gender-Based Harassment is unwelcome, sexual or gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive to interfere with, deny or limit a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from CCA’s education program and/or activities.

Sexual harassment has many forms. Sexual harassment is harmful regardless of gender of the perpetrator or the victim. (CCA Student Handbook)

Emergency and Off-Campus Reporting Options are listed under section V-A (How Students Should Report Incidents of Sexual Misconduct) of the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Reporting Options

Incident(s) of past sexual misconduct or concerns about future incidents that affect any CCA student should be initially reported as follows:

  • By submitting a CCA Cares Incident Report form; or

  • By submitting a written complaint by email to one of the below Intake Officers designated for students below:

Title IX Coordinators:

Deputy Title IX Coordinator (for students):

Intake Officer for Students:

To be especially accessible for residential students:

  • Monique Butler, Director of Residential Life: mbutler@cca.edu or 510.594.3725

  • Virginia Webb, Assistant Director of Housing Administration & Operations: vwebb@cca.edu or 510.594.3723

To be especially accessible to graduate students:

  • Noki Seekao, Director of Student Life: noki@cca.edu or 415.703.9591

  • Courtney Chung, Assistant Director of Academic Advising: cchung@cca.edu or 510.594.3728

  • Nicole Whitner, Assistant Director of the Student Experience: nwhitner@cca.edu or 415.551.9231

Anonymous Reporting

Anonymous reports, or reporting without disclosing the reporter’s name, can be made, but anonymous reporting is not the preferred way. Depending on the information received, CCA’s ability to respond to an anonymous report may be limited.

The Title IX Coordinator and/or Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s) will review anonymous reports received by CCA and determine whether an investigation and response is appropriate.

Student & Community Organizations

Trans-a-genda (TAG)
Trans-a-genda is a space for "trans," gender variant, and questioning CCA students to feel safe to share and explore their art and identity. We are committed to strengthening CCA's support for trans students as well as providing regular social events to connect our community.

Contact: trans-a-genda@cca.edu

Pacific Center for Human Growth
Pacific Center for Human Growth fosters and enhances the well-being and self-respect of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth, seniors, and adults through the delivery of LGBTQ competent mental health and wellness services, and through the cultivation of a strong community of LGBTQ-proficient mental health-care professionals.

Contact: info@pacificcenter.org or 510.548.8283

Transgender Law Center
The San Francisco-based Transgender Law Center can provide legal information and assist with legal name change paperwork. Use its legal information helpline on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. (PT); or call 415.865.0176 x308.

Materials

almost a 101: transgender and queer experience at CCA

A zine produced by CCA students and sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, almost a 101 is an excellent resource for and by students. It contains information on health care, reporting harassment, community resources, artistic diagrams, and more. The final page is a map of gender neutral bathrooms on CCA’s Oakland campus.

Gender-Inclusive Housing

CCA has a “Gender-Inclusive Housing” policy (described in the Operations & Processes manual), which allows “two or more students to choose to share a multiple-occupancy bedroom, suite, or apartment regardless of students’ legal sex or gender.”

CCA Cares

CCA Cares acknowledges that risks develop over time and appropriate positive intervention reduces the impact of the behaviors and underlying causes in a way that benefits both the student of concern and the CCA community as a whole.

The CCA Care Team engages students with the care and support needed during difficult and challenging personal and academic circumstances. Because of these circumstances, students may exhibit behaviors that can be seen as distressing, disruptive, disturbing, or dangerous.

CCA community members can provide the CCA Care Team with information regarding the student they are concerned about. The team will determine how to best support each student.

See CCA Cares for information on referrals and more.

Scholarship Programs

Point Scholarship Program

Undergraduate

Point Scholarship Program applicants should have a history of leadership in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and plan to be an LGBT leader in the future.

Applicants should complete an online application and submit two or three letters of recommendation (two from a teacher or professor). The program is open to all college students regardless of citizenship.

Average Amount: $13,600

Tang Scholarship

Undergraduate/Graduate

The Tang Scholarship provides financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API). The scholarship is renewable up to a maximum of three years (four years total).

Applicants are self-identified as Asian/Pacific Islander (having at least 25 percent ancestry), involved in the LGBT community, have graduated from a high school in one of the nine Bay Area counties, are enrolled full-time, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Amount: Up to $15,000