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Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support

Mentoring, Advocacy
and Peer Support
• IDEAS Coordinator
• LGBTQIA Outreach
• Title IX Advocacy
• Tutoring

LGBTQIA Resources

The University of Central Missouri is committed to attracting and supporting a diverse body of students, faculty and staff members. Out of this commitment the MAPS office provides this page of resources for our LGBTQIA and Ally students, faculty, and staff on campus.

This "You Can Play" video is one way our campus shows our commitment to a culture of inclusion:



Ask Me: What LGBTQ Students Want Their Professors to Know (video)


Inclusive Restrooms at UCM

UCM is working to provide more inclusive restrooms across our campus. Unlike traditional restrooms, our single-occupancy inclusive restrooms are available to all, regardless of gender, and feature more space, which may be more convenient for people with disabilities with or without caregivers, parents with children, and nursing mothers.


Currently, inclusive restrooms can be found in:
Elliot Union, 2nd floor behind Jazzman's coffee

This restroom is located between the men's and women's rooms, just off the staircase.


Elliot Union, 2nd floor past Office of Accessibility Services

Just left of the Information Desk in the atrium, follow signs for the Office of Accessibility Services. This restroom is the last door on the left down this hallway.


Student Recreation and Wellness Center

On the lower level, across from main locker rooms, there is a restroom facility with lockers and single shower.


Wood/Martin buildings

At the junction of the Wood and Martin buildings, faculty restrooms have been converted to inclusive restrooms, and feature extra space.


Campus Map


Trans @ UCM

A resource for trans identified students and allies


LGBTQIA Ally Guide



A list of LGBTQ-related terms and their definitions



Non-Discrimination Policy

Excerpt from UCM's Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity Statement:


“Board of Governors Policy 1.2.150 
Approved by the Board of Governors on September 19, 2014

The University of Central Missouri actively follows a policy of nondiscrimination in regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, disability, and all other legally protected classes. This policy applies to educational programs and activities including athletics, instruction, grading, the awarding of student financial aid, recruitment, admission, employment, housing, placement and retention of students, faculty and staff. The university complies with applicable federal and state laws and regulations related to discrimination." [emphasis added]


See UCM's Title IX website for information about reporting misconduct, including knowing your options. Keep in mind that harassment and discrimination because of one's sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression are considered sexual misconduct.


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Safe Zone Workshop

Safe Zone is a program offered jointly by the UCM Counseling Center and the LGBTQ Graduate Assistant from the Office of Mentoring, Advocacy, and Peer Support. This workshop offers information and training to faculty, staff, and students who want to learn more about supporting LGBTQ students on our campus.


To register for an upcoming workshop and find out more information, or to access a list of Safe Zone trained allies, go to the UCM Safe Zone website or email

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UCM Resources

Prism is the student organization for LGBTQ and Ally students at the University of Central Missouri. Find them on Facebook: University of Central Missouri Prism.


Counseling Center
Students generally seek counseling when they:

  • Are feeling stuck or distressed.

  • Are not functioning as well as they used to.

  • Want the perspective of a professional.

Housing Options
UCM supports transgender and transitioning students by providing gender inclusive housing options on a case-by-case basis. If you would like more information or help in identifying potential roommates who are open to gender inclusive housing, please contact Housing at 660-543-4515 or

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External Resources


Coming soon!


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IDEAS Coordinator

Tara Napoleone-Clifford


Dockery 212


LGBTQIA Graduate Assisstant

James Moran


Dockery 212