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Get Involved

We invite you to explore one – or all – of the following ways to learn more about trans* issues, and to help improve the campus climate for trans* folks at MIT!

You can:

  1. Schedule a workshop for your living group, lab group, student group, or department section.
    See the Workshops/Training section for more information.
  2. Join the Trans-News Email List.
    The trans-news at MIT email list is a moderated list providing MIT/local news, event announcements, and other items of interest to trans* people and allies at MIT. Go to for additional information or to subscribe.
  3. Come to the MIT Trans* Issues Group - Meetings occur monthly!
    Please contact us for location (we maintain a confidentiality agreement)

What is the Trans Issues Group?

The Trans* Issues Group works to improve the aspects of MIT policy and community life where trans* concerns may be better addressed, and advocates for improvements in those areas as needed. The Trans* Issues Group is open to all members of the MIT community – students, staff, faculty, and alumni; trans* people and allies.

The group meets monthly, and welcomes participation from anyone in the MIT community who wishes to work on issues and topics of importance to trans* and gender variant people. The group maintains a confidentiality agreement so that one’s participation in the group need not be made public.

There are plenty of ways to be involved, and we are happy to get input and feedback from students, staff, and faculty. If you wish to know more about the work we are doing, or if you would like to join the Group, please feel free to email the Trans* Issues Group. Unless otherwise – and explicitly – requested, all correspondence will remain confidential.

Trans Issues Group Confidentiality Statement:

Members of the Trans* Issues Group agree to respect each individual's right to make decisions about disclosure of their identity, presenting status, personal experiences, and membership in the group. Members will not disclose any such information about an individual without that individual's explicit permission.

A note on disclosure

While some trans* people disclose their trans* status to friends, family, and co-workers (or any combination thereof), some do not disclose that information. It should not be assumed that because a few people know of an individual's trans* status that everyone in their life knows. We recognize and respect that choices around disclosure are complex, and will be unique to each individual and their situation.


Trans* is an umbrella term which describes people whose gender identities and expressions are not fully defined by the gender they were assigned at birth. Trans* people may identify as one, none, or with several of the following gender-related identities: Agender, androgyne, bigender, gender fluid, genderfree, genderless, genderqueer, intergender, multigender, neutral, neutrois, nonbinary, third gender, trans*, transgender, transsexual, trans man, trans woman, and two-spirit, among others.


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