Trans @ GW

The George Washington University (GW) gives voice to our values of diversity, equity and inclusion by welcoming all transgender (gender non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender fluid) students, staff, faculty, alumni, family members and community partners.  We recognize, celebrate and support the unique contributions that people with transgender identities/experiences offer our campus community and the GW educational experience.  All transgender people have a home at GW and at the Multicultural Student Services Center!

Non-Discrimination Policy

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the university, including admission to education programs and employment.


For more information, please visit GW’s non-discrimination policy, which includes trans students, staff and faculty.

Name and Gender Change

There are two approaches to changing your name and gender at GW. The first involves changing your name on your GWorld ID Card, on your GWMail account, and on your class rosters. The second involves changing your name and gender on your transcripts, diploma, employment records and other official documents.

Here is an overview of these two processes.  If you need any help making name/gender changes, we are here to help! Simply call, email or stop by the LGBTQIA+ Resource Center and we will do all we can to support you!

Changes in Banweb, GWorld Cards, and GWMail

  1. Log onto BanweB -> CLICK “Student Record and Registration” ->  CLICK “Student Records Information Menu” ->  CLICK “View/Update Preferred First Name” -> Add your preferred name and save it.
  2. Go directly to the GWorld Office in the Marvin Center, bring your old GWorld and inform them that you would like to update your GWorld Card to match your preferred name. They will walk you through the process from there.  There is no cost to you!
  3. Send an email to [email protected] requesting your email account be updated to match your preferred name.

Transcripts, Diploma, and Employment Records

In order to change your name on your transcripts, diploma, and/or employment records, you must legally change your name. After a legal name change is documented, your name can be changed on all official documents. 

If you are an alumnus, you can also request an updated diploma with your current legal name. You will need to fill out the Request For Name Update form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar in the Ground Floor of the Marvin Center.  A university official will walk you through the rest of the process.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Good News! At GW, you can choose to live with a student of any gender and biological sex!   So, you have the power to choose the best possible roommate to help make your housing experience the best it can be.

Specifically, gender inclusive housing (GIH) allows students who identify as different genders or have a different biological sex to live together in one apartment or room.

All students assigned to a GIH suite must opt-in and have a mutual roommate request. This opt-in program will allow students of different genders/sexes to be assigned to the same room or apartment. During the housing selection process, students will answer yes or no to the following lifestyle question about GIH: “I prefer to live in gender inclusive housing." ONLY students who select yes will be opt-in. 

Students who do not opt-in or do not have a mutual roommate request will continue to be assigned to co-ed buildings by suite, but not to the same room.

For more information, visit the GW Housing.

Gender Inclusive Bathrooms

Everyone deserves easy and safe access to bathrooms. At GW, our gender inclusive bathrooms (GIBs) help ensure that every member of the GW Community can access a bathroom that meets their needs.

GW’s GIBs are single-stall restrooms that are available to be used by anyone and everyone. GIBs benefit all members of the GW Community, including transgender people, disabled people, people with children of a different gender, people with attendants, and people who prefer additional privacy.  

Look for the sign “All Gender Restroom” to help you locate the 100+ GIBs on the Foggy Bottom and Mt. Vernon Campuses.  You may also use this helpful google map link on your cell phone to find a GIB near you!  (LINK HERE:

LGBTQIA+ Healthcare

All students receive high quality healthcare at GW, including transgender students.  GW Student Health Insurance coverage for transgender students is extensive and comprehensive.  GW continues to do all we can serve the needs of transgender students, especially around physical and mental health.

The primary source for GW student health services is the Colonial Health Center (CHC). Located in the Marvin Center, CHC offers comprehensive physical and mental health services to all students.  

In addition, the GW Professional Psychology department staffs the Center Clinic, which provides additional low-cost mental health services for LGBTQIA+ students, including both individual and group counseling.

Healthy LGBTQIA+ students are successful LGBTQIA+ students and GW is here to help!

DC Transgender Resources

In addition to GW’s health services, the District of Columbia is home to some of the best health and advocacy organizations for transgender people.  Two primary resources include:

  • Whitman-Walker Health (WWH) is a non-profit community health center that specifically provides service for and with trans individuals and other gender and sexual minorities.  Services included health screenings, psychiatric care, pharmaceutical care (hormone administration and monitoring), etc.  WWH is located at 1701 14th Street, NW, in Washington, DC. To make an appointment or to inquire about their services, visit them online or call (202) 745-7400.
  • The National Center for Transgender Equality is a national social justice organization devoted to ending discrimination and violence against transgender people through education and advocacy on national issues of importance to transgender people. For more information, visit them online or call (202) 903-0112.