Trans at Mizzou


The University of Missouri utilizes trans as an umbrella term for people who transgress or transcend our normative notions of gender. This term includes but is not limited to those who identify as transgender, transsexual, agender, bigender, genderqueer, genderfluid, two spirit, gender non-conforming, etc.

What are Pronouns?

What are pronouns?

Pronouns are words we use to replace nouns, and in this case, refer to people without using their name.

You probably already know about the binary pronoun sets “he/him” and “she/her”. But there are many other pronouns out there that trans and gender-nonconforming people may use! You already use the gender neutral pronouns “they/them” without even thinking about it.

More pronoun examples:


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How do I know what pronouns to use?

Never assume anyone’s pronouns. It is often good practice to ask someone what pronouns they use before referring to them. You can help normalize pronoun discussion by introducing yourself with your pronouns; i.e. “Hi, my name is _____ and I use she/her pronouns.”

What if I mess up?

It is okay to mess up! We all do it. Just make sure to apologize, correct yourself, and move on. Making a big deal out of the misstep is uncomfortable for everyone.

Preferred Name Policy

It is the policy of the University of Missouri that any student may choose to identify themselves within the university community with a preferred first and/or middle name that differs from their legal name.

Instances where the preferred name will be used include, but are not limited to:

  1. Class rosters
  2. Residence hall rosters
  3. University identification cards
  4. Transcripts (if requested in myZou)
  5. Diplomas (if requested in myZou)
  6. Wherever it is not necessary for the legal name to be used

If you are a student employee, you will need to contact your department’s HR representative to change your name in the system.

Read the full preferred name policy here.

Students are also to update their preferred name in MyZou.

The path to update a preferred name in myZou is:
Student Center>Personal Information>Names>Add a New Name.

NOTE: The Human Resource computing system overrides ID card names. If students who are employed by MU wish to have a preferred name on ID cards, they need to contact their department MU HR officer. Students who have questions may contact the University Registrar.

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Oasis is a new trans-focused student org which aims to include all who identify outside of their gender assigned at birth, while uplifting the most marginalized in the community through the promotion of intersectionality in conversation. We will facilitate discussions on different topics and organize a taskforce that addresses the concerns of trans students on campus.

Closed meetings (limited to trans or gender-nonconforming individuals) are in the LGBTQ Resource Center. Please contact for meeting times!

Nondiscrimination Policies

The University of Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University’s nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Further, this policy applies to sexual violence and sexual harassment (forms of sex discrimination) occurring both within and outside of the University context if the conduct negatively affects the individual’s educational or work experience or the overall campus environment. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited. 

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Office for Civil Rights & Title IX Website

Gender Neutral Bathrooms

A map of gender neutral bathrooms can be found on MSA’s website here:

They can also be located on the GoMizzou app by going to “Maps” and searching “bathroom”.

Community Resources

Transgender Health Network – contains a list of trans-friendly providers in the mid-Missouri area

Advocates for Youth –

Janet Mock –

Transgender Health Information Program –

International Foundation on Gender Education –

Transgender Law –

National Center for Transgender Equality –

Sylvia Rivera Law Project –

What did we miss? What resources do you use? We’re always looking for more! Send them to us:

Transgender Empowerment and Awareness Week

A week of programming on what it means to be transgender, different trans identities, how to be a trans ally, and the ways in which we all transgress gender norms.

Transgender Empowerment and Awareness Week 2016: November 7-11

Let’s Gender Together

  • Monday, November 7th
  • 1-4 pm
  • Located in the Women’s Center

Clothing Swap

  • Tuesday, November 8th and Wednesday, November 9th
  • 10am – 2pm
  • Located in 2206 B and C, MU Student Center

Keynote: Tyler Ford

  • Wednesday, November 9th
  • 7pm
  • Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union

Open Safe Space Training: Trans 101 – Supporting the Transgender Community

  • Thursday, November 10th
  • 3-5 pm
  • Walt Disney Rm., Memorial Union N206

Mizzou Trans Day of Remembrance

  • Thursday, November 10th
  • 6pm
  • Traditions Plaza (Rain Location: MU Women’s Center)

Pizza Rolls, Not Gender Roles

  • Friday, November 11th
  • 12:30pm
  • LGBTQ Resource Center, G225 MU Student Center


  • Friday, November 11th
  • 8-10 pm
  • Mark Twain Ballroom, Memorial Union