LGBTQIA Students

Tips for Advising

The LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff at the University of Minnesota is a growing population on all of our campuses. The growing rate of those who identify as LGBTQIA is directly linked to our society’s acknowledgment, understanding, and respect of this historically marginalized group and their identities and experiences. 

The long history and currency of oppression, marginalization, and othering. LGBTQIA individuals are still being discriminated against both in public and private spaces and by their peers, coworkers, classmates, professors, friends, and the community.

Tips for Supporting/Advising this Population

  • Don’t assume but ASK them what pronoun/s they choose to go by
  • Respect the student’s identified name and/or pronouns (if they use pronouns).
  • Pronouns are not used in some languages and among some communities or by some individuals so be mindful of that.
  • Recognize that this is non-negotiable

Referring Students

If a student is looking for support on topics related to the LGBTQIA community, the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life might be a good starting referral point. Connect with them at

Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life Office
40 Appleby Hall
128 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ahmad Qais Munhazim,
Melinda Lee,
Frankie Jader,