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LGBTQ+ Resources

The University of Hawai`i system, along with Leeward Community College is committed to building an inclusive community that supports and advocates for all students.  We welcome all members of our campus community to our campuses: transgender, māhū and people of all gender identities.

All members of our campus community deserve a work and educational environment free from harassment or bullying based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.


UH Commission on LGBTQ+ Equality:   

UH Commission on LGBTQ+ Equality Commissioners
Kalei Ruiz, kalei.ruiz@hawaii.edu
Lexer Chou (Co-Chair), achou@hawaii.edu

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University of Hawai‘i Commission on LGBTQ+ Equality

The University of Hawaiʻi Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Equality is committed to fostering a shared responsibility for inclusiveness, equality, respect, and social justice throughout the UH System.

The mission of the UH Commission on LGBTQ+ Equality is to promote a safe and inclusive environment by creating a culture of equality, acceptance, and respect throughout the University of Hawai’i System.

Leeward Community College Commissioners:

Ability to Change Your Name

Preferred Name Policy
Preferred Name Change Form at Leeward Community College

Please refer to form page 2, part 2d for more information regarding a preferred first name change

Preferred Name Change on Leeward Community College Student ID Card:
To change your Student ID card to reflect your preferred name change please complete the following:

  • Submit the Student Data Change Form to Admissions and Records
  • Come to the Student Services Welcome Center, AD 201, to receive a new ID card with your preferred name by bringing your payment of $10 cash or check and verifying your preferred name change is reflected in MyUH Services.

ID production hours: http://studentlife.leeward.hawaii.edu/page/student-id-card

UH Gmail

  • From UH Gmail
  • Go to settings
  • Account
  • Edit email name

Laulima Name Change

  • Log into Laulima →  Home worksite. 
  • Click on Account in the left menu. 
  • Click on “Modify Details”
  • Update Name
  • Click to save


  • Adjust display name and add pronouns
    • Click on the portrait in the top right corner 
    • Click profile 
    • Can change Name and add the pronoun 
      • Ex: Lexer Chou (she/her/hers) 
      • Ex: Dylan (they/them) McKay

All Gender Restroom

Leeward Community College currently has two all-gender restrooms located in the following buildings:

  • Learning Commons first floor by the elevator
  • Education Building first floor
  • Wai’anae Moku campus (1 designated restroom)
Free Menstrual Hygiene Products

We Mālama ALL Students

Free menstrual hygiene products are available in all public restrooms on our campus, in compliance with UH Policy EP 1.205 to “support a campus community of diverse students, faculty, staff, and visitors inclusive of their gender identity and/or gender expression.”

Doing so combats the stigma surrounding menstruation and ensures that all people feel safe using the restroom consistent with their gender identity. Leeward Community College takes our mission seriously – to “mālama all students” – including our women, transgender, non-binary, and māhū students.

Safe Zone Program

The Safe Zone Program’s objective is for trained participants to utilize their gained knowledge and skills to foster a safe and inclusive community for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff to promote social justice in the University of Hawaiʻi System.

Upon completion of a Safe Zone Training, participants will be invited to become Advocates in the University of Hawaiʻi System Safe Zone Program.

Any office or faculty/staff member that has the LGBTI Safe Zone poster is a part of the previous Safe Zone Allies Program.  Any office or faculty/staff/student office that has the LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Poster declared they are advocates. View the list of faculty/staff/students at Leeward Community College who have declared they are an ally or an advocate.

The Safe Zone program recognizes Leeward Community College’s Rae Watanabe, Assistant Professor in English, and the late Joan Souza, former Leeward Community College Counselor, for creating the initial safe zone program that is now embraced system-wide. 

Download the LGBTQ+ Resource Bookmark (pdf). updated 1/28/2019
Resources listed on the bookmark are also listed below.

Faculty/Staff Resources
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Examples of Syllabus Statements
  • In this course, it is expected that we will respect and embrace our differences while engaging in discussions and in class activities.
  • The expectation in this class is to voice opinions that positively add to the discussions that are not exclusive to any students’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, class, etc.
  • This course relies heavily on discussion and the exchange of diverse ideas. Please make sure to be respectful of your fellow students and their opinions, even (and especially) when you disagree with them. As we will deal with controversial issues in this course, the environment we create as a group should reflect an attitude of open-minded curiosity and interest in one another’s points of view. Please be aware that, as we work to create this environment, inflammatory racist, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, or discriminatory language or behavior will not be tolerated.
  • This course might tackle social issues in this class in terms of gender, race, and class.  Disruptive language will not be tolerated. Disruptive language includes, but is not limited to, violent and/or belligerent and/or insulting remarks, including sexist, racist, homophobic or anti-ethnic slurs, bigotry, and disparaging commentary, either spoken or written (offensive slang is included in this category).
New Announcements for 2020
  • The Hawaiʻi Department of Health has launched a new web resource page on LGBTQ+ resources. Click here to check out the new page.  
  • The US Supreme Court has ruled that LGBTQ+ people are protected on the basis of “sex” under Title VII, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Click here for more information.
National Resources

Crisis/Suicide Helpline:

The Trevor Project 24hr hotline: 1 (866) 488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741-741

As a student of the University of Hawai’i, you have rights and responsibilities, including protections based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

HELP!  I feel that I have been harassed or discriminated against based on my gender expression, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

For Confidential Resources and support or advocacy, students may contact your campus Confidential Resource:

If you are a faculty or staff member, please contact: The Equal Opportunity Office/Affirmative Action: (808) 956-7077 (voice/text) http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/eeo/

Title IX prohibits gender-based harassment, including harassment based on actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Title IX Coordinators for your campus are listed here.

The University of Hawai’i System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution