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This message is being sent to all Duke undergraduate students.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Dear students, 
We want to take a moment on Transgender Day of Visibility to recognize and share support for our transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students and colleagues. Transgender Day of Visibility was founded in 2009 by visionary transgender activist Rachel Crandall. 

Across the United States, systemic efforts to diminish transgender people’s rights are on the rise, as are acts of violence directed toward transgender women and transgender communities of color. On Transgender Day of Visibility, we want to see and support the transgender students, staff, and faculty who call Duke University and North Carolina home. We care deeply for the wellbeing and the rights of our transgender, non-binary and gender non-binary students and colleagues, and we invite all students to join us in sharing support, love and gratitude by participating in A Love Letter to Trans Folks at Duke, From Duke. You can add to the love letter here.

For more information about Transgender Day of Visibility, and resources, please see below our signature. 

Go Duke,
Mary Pat McMahon
Vice Provost of Student Affairs
Gary Bennett 
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education 
Transgender Day of Visibility Event - Today at 5 p.m.

We invite transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary folks and their allies to come together for an open space for sharing stories of joy, resistance, gratitude, and solidarity. Bring your poetry, your art, or just yourself to celebrate our beauty, our love, and the gifts we bring to the world. At this time, the Trans Day of Visibility Love Letter to Trans Folks will be revealed.

Meeting ID: 988 5034 8382


There are a number of resources available to support you, both here at Duke, in Durham, and beyond. We’d like to highlight a few in particular that may be helpful to you or someone you know: 

The LGBTQ Center of Durham is a long-standing community resource that focuses on creating community where all LGBTQ+ lived experiences are affirmed, supported, and celebrated.

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at Duke provides a number of resources and supports students with marginalized gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, romantic orientations and allies. Follow the CSGD on Instagram for more.  

Looking for a place to start in your own learning on this subject? Consider starting with the CSGD’s Pronoun Education resources to learn more about how language can help us work toward a more affirming campus community for students, staff, faculty and alumnx with marginalized gender identities and gender expressions. 

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