Gender Identity Training Program

Gender Identity Training Program (GITP)

The creation of the Gender Identity Training Program (GITP) began by the LBGT Coordinator in 2007 after the inclusion of “gender identity” in the WMU non-discrimination policy. The goals of the program are to provide a comprehensive educational module to members of the university and surrounding communities about gender identity and expression. To request a presentation of the GITP, please contact us at, or call 269-387-2123.

Requests may also be made with our online form: GITP Request Form

What is it?
The Gender Identity Training Program is a comprehensive educational training module provided by the Office of LBGT Student Services to provide further education to the campus and surrounding community about gender identity and gender expression.

What are the goals of the program?
- to promote a more inclusive environment on campus and in the greater community.
- to educate on the diversity and spectrum of gender identity and gender expression.
- to further educate progressive institutions and organizations with inclusive policies arlready in place.
- to educate organizations and institutions wishing to expand their policies to be more inclusive.

How long does it take?
The training program lasts about an hour, be we always encourage an extra hour for discussion, if possible.

How does it work with my organization?
We can tailor a GITP presentation for your organization or business with your own non-discrimination policies.

Who is it available to?
Academic Departments
Administrative Departments
Student Organizations
Residence Halls
Community Organizations
Church Groups/Organizations
And many more!

Departments at WMU that have already completed the GITP:

Student Recreation Center
Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team
ATIS (Academic Technology and Instructional Services)

Community Organizations that have already completed the GITP:

PFLAG: Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays
ARK, Catholic Family Services
American Friends Service Committee
State Farm Insurance

LBGT Coordinator
3504 Faunce
(269) 387-2133

The Gender Identity Training Program has been made possible by generous funding from the Arcus Foundation Gay & Lesbian Fund

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Office of Diversity & Inclusion Vision

WMU recognizes that diversity and multiculturalism are essential for university administrators, faculty, staff members, students, alumni, and community partners to reach their unique potential in the areas of intellectual, personal, social, and cultural development in a fully engaged, enlightened community. Therefore, the University has a responsibility to encourage the exploration of the cultures and life experiences that are available on campus and in communities near and far, for cultural diversity makes sense only within a framework that enables equitable treatment of all in a community.

Office of Diversity & Inclusion Mission

WMU will be a leader in the area of diversity and multiculturalism by fostering an environment where diversity in all of its forms is investigated, explained, practiced, celebrated, affirmed, and vigorously pursued. WMU envisions an academic community that affirms the dignity, value, and uniqueness of each person. We intent to aggressively pursue the recruitment, retention, and/or promotion of a more diverse administration, staff, faculty and student body. Moreover, WMU aims to ensure that the campus climate is welcoming and affirming for all persons by addressing the causes and sources of structural inequalities and changing the decision-making processes that prevent “genuine participation” of all university constituents.

Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay & Transgender Student Services
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5363 USA
(269) 387-2123 | (269) 387-2554 Fax