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LGBTQ+ Resources

Inclusive Center for Advocacy, Resources, and Education

Tiffin University’s Inclusive Center for Advocacy, Resources, and Education strives to provide supportive services that help LGBTQ+ students meet their current and long-term needs and goals. The Inclusive Center for Advocacy, Resources, and Education connects students to campus and community resources and services to help them overcome barriers that may impact their educational success.

  • Cultivates a safe environment on campus and within programming that empowers LGBTQIA+ students to develop their authentic identity
  • Connects students to resources related to food, counseling, transportation, healthcare, and more to address specific needs and insecurities.
  • Provides advocacy services
  • Assists in connecting students with counseling services for stress, depression, anxiety, mental illness, etc.
  • Offers a comfortable space where one may seek information and obtain confidential referrals.
  • Provide Safe zone training

The Inclusive Center for Advocacy, Resources, and Education is located in the Office for Equity, Access & Opportunity; Friedley Hall. You may contact the office at

Gender-inclusive and/or universal restrooms are available throughout the campus. A list of gender-inclusive and/or universal restrooms is listed below.

Residence Halls:

  • 12 in Clay Hall- 4 on each floor
  • 6 in Zahn- 4 on the first floor 2 on the second floor
  • 3 in Kirk- 1 on each floor
  • 6 in Craycraft- 3 on each floor
  •  0 in Friedley
  • 0 in Huggins
  •  1 in Miller- first floor, inside of a single apartment
  • 96 in Miami Street Apartments- 24 in each building, 8 on each floor

****2 additional bathrooms here in the classrooms attached to two of the Miami Street Apartment Buildings

University Buildings:

  • Friedley Hall- Institutional Advancement
  • Frieldey Hall- Office of Equity Access and Opportunity
  • Seitz Hall – Top level Floor
  • Heminger Center

Tiffin University is committed to fostering an environment that welcomes inclusive excellence. In our commitment, it is the right for individuals to be addressed by a first name and pronoun that corresponds with one’s gender identity. As such, Tiffin University has established a process for students to request usage of their preferred first name. In this policy, a court-ordered name change is not required.

The preferred first name will be used in lieu of the legal name wherever the legal name is not required. For example, the preferred first name will be used in Moodle and on faculty class rosters that are generated from Power Campus. The legal name is used for admission-related processes; transfer credit; federal, state, and student financial aid; housing contracts; payroll; and other legally binding purposes.

Students who wish to designate a preferred first name may complete the online application for Preferred Name Change.

Feel free to direct questions to the Office for Registration & Records or the Office for Equity, Access, and Opportunity.

The application for the preferred name change is available at

Additional Resources:

Legal Name Change in Ohio

Your name can be legally changed on a number of legal documents. A brief outline is listed below (this is not a legal guide).

  1. Completing and submitting an application to your county probate court for changing your name. You have to be a permanent resident of that county for at least a year to submit the application.
  2. Advertising your application in a local newspaper at least 30 days before the hearing on your application. (The court will explain this in detail once you submit your application).
  3. A hearing where, after some questions to ensure that you have complied with the process, the judge officially orders your original name changed to your new name.

Changing the Gender Marker on your Ohio Driver’s License

  1. Contact the state office of the Ohio BMV (in Columbus) to request the “Declaration of Gender Change” form.
  2. The “Declaration of Gender Change” form is mailed to the requester.
  3. The “Declaration of Gender Change” form must be completed by your licensed physician, licensed psychologist or licensed therapist. To be qualified, the medical professional must attest that the transition is being conducted in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care.
  4. The completed forms will be mailed or faxed to the Ohio BMV.
  5. The Ohio BMV will notify the applicant in writing.
  6. The individual takes that written notification to their local BMV office to get their new license issued.

Additional information:

  • If gender identification is marked as transitional, a new form must be submitted until gender identification is complete. If not submitted at renewal, the gender marker will revert back to the original gender.
  • There is limit to changing their gender back to the original gender.
  • For additional information click on the following links:

In June 2010, the State Department announced a new policy to issue passports that reflect the current gender when either a previous passport or other personal documentation presented by an applicant reflects a different gender. For more information click the following link Passport Gender Change

 Transition Template for Professors

Coming Out Tips:

  • There is no right, perfect, or wrong time to come out.
  • Be patient and kind with yourself. It may not be necessary to tell everyone at once. Take your time. Do not push yourself.
  • Start small. It can be easier to start by telling friends before telling family. If you think a family member will be easier to tell, start there.
  • Develop a support network of friends who are accepting and supportive.
  • Be positive. When you come out to someone, you set the tone.
  • Find resources or a mentor you can talk to.
  • Be patient with others. Realize that some people may need some time to adjust, but do not compromise who you are for the comfort of others.
  • If you’re unsure of your sexual orientation or gender identity, finding someone who will be there for you as you explore your identity can be very helpful.
  • Ask LGBTQ+ friends and family members to share their coming out stories.
  • Refer parents and friends to PFLAG or Human Rights Campaign and other resources that might help.
  • Be prepared for different reactions.
  • Always consider your personal safety when coming out. It is okay to choose not to come out because of safety concerns.
  • Coming out is a lifelong process that varies as you progress. At the end of the day, your identity and your life have value and you deserve love, respect and support from yourself and others (adopted from UCLA LGBTQ resources).

For Allies: When Someone Comes Out to You

  • Be patient. Allow them to tell you at their own pace.
  • Let them determine what they need. Do not push. A person who is coming out may have a hard time talking about it. Do not force them to disclose anything.
  • Acknowledge the risk they took by coming out to you. Compliment their courage.
  • Do not minimize the importance of what they did by saying things like, “It doesn’t matter to me.” Instead say, “Thank you for trusting me;” say, “It doesn’t change how I feel about you;” or admit that it might change things – in a positive way.
  • Do not ask intrusive questions like, “Is this a phase?” or “Does that mean you’re attracted to me?” Instead ask, “How can I continue to support you?”
  • If they – and you – are comfortable with it, offer a hug or other show of support.
  • Keep their confidence by being respectful of their privacy.
  • Ask, “Is there anything I can do for you?” (adopted from UCLA LGBTQ resources).

Coming Out to My Professor:

Communicating with professors is important but some may find it to be challenging when asking for the use of your preferred name. Below is an email template that may be used as a guide and may make it easier to talk to your professors about using your preferred name and pronouns.

Some general ideas of what to say in an email are:

  • Statement of the name that appears on the class roster.
  • State preferred name and pronouns (i.e. “I prefer to be referred to by ____ pronouns”).
  • Brief explanation (“I identify as trans, which means _____ to me.”).
  • “I prefer to keep my trans status” vs. “private. I would be willing to talk about being trans as it related to class discussion” (depending on class and personal preference).
  • Thank them for being understanding.
  • Invite them to email you if they have questions.
  • Provide your contact information.

A sample:

Professor ___________,

I am a student in your (insert class name). I am contacting you to share that I identify as (insert identity). My name may appear on your roster as (insert legal name here), but I would prefer to go by (insert preferred name) and (insert preferred pronouns) pronouns. I will be placing (insert preferred name) on my assignments and would appreciate it if you would call me (insert preferred name) in class. If you have any questions for me regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact me. My email address is (insert email address) – insert your phone number if you prefer.

Thank you for your understanding,

Additional Resources:

Coming out on Campus – Campus Pride

Coming Out – Information for All – PFLAG

  • The Safe Zone symbol is a message to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) students and colleagues that this is a safe place where one may be open about their identity without fear. This space herby respects all people including their sexual identity, physical sex and gender identity. The person displaying the Safe Zone symbol has participated in a training workshop to increase their awareness and sensitivity to LGBTQIA issues and is one who can serve as a referral/resource person.
  • What is the purpose of “Safe Zone” Trainings?
  • The purpose of the “Safe Zone” training is to reduce LGBTQIA oppression on the Tiffin University campus and in the Tiffin community by educating students, staff, faculty and community members on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual issues. Through this training people can become better systems of support for LGBTQIA individuals. The overall mission of this project is to raise awareness of LGBTQIA issues and pledge a commitment to fostering an environment on campus that is inclusive of one’s physical sex, gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
  • Why do we need a “Safe Zone” at Tiffin University?
  • The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community is often the victim of unjustified discrimination and violence. A “Safe Zone” works to diminish such discrimination by establishing visible places that work to remove stereotypical barriers and promote respect for individuals of all sexes, sexual identities and gender identities.
  • If you have any questions about Safe Zone or would like to have a Safe Zone workshop presented for your office or organization, please contact Jacob Simon at or 419-448-3421.

Below is a list of faculty and staff members who have been through at least one Safe Zone training and are willing to serve as a support system for students who would like to talk to someone. These individuals are not necessarily trained counselors but are willing to provide a safe space for students.

FirstLastOffice LocationPhone NumberEmail
JillAldrichGillmor Student
Ana PaulaFantiniHanson
MichaelHerdlickGillmor Student
JacobSimonGillmor Student
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