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Counseling Services

While there isn't a specific counselor that is specialized solely in gender issues, all counselors at the Counseling Service in Health Services are extremely helpful with questions regarding gender. If you wish to make an appointment with a counselor, you may call 413-585-2840 to make an appointment.

Changing Your Name

Students are able to change their own names in Moodle. To do this, the student should log in to Moodle and click their name at the top of the screen. Click on Profile in the menu that pops up. This will take them to their user profile. Click the "Edit profile" in the User Details box at the top. This will take them to a page where they can change their name. make changes and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the "Update profile" button at the bottom of the page to ensure that the changes take effect.

Smith Network Username and Email Address
Students wishing to change their Smith Network username and email address must email the Smith network accounts administrator, Karla Borecky.

You can change your email display name using Google+. This overrides the address book name that comes from Banner. Go to the gmail web interface, and click on the "apps" button - the array of dots in the upper right. Click on Google+. Click on Profile (on the left). Click on your currently listed name. Click on the pencil icon next to your name, and make your changes. It will take a little while to percolate out to the address book—don't be alarmed by that.

Only legal name changes will be honored in BannerWeb at this time.

Students can change their photo by going to the OneCard Office in Stoddard Hall room 24C during drop-in OneCard hours, Tuesday through Friday, 1:30–3:30 p.m. New pictures can be taken for the directory only free of charge. Replacement OneCards can be purchased for $20.

Gender-Neutral Restrooms

There are more than 200 gender-neutral restrooms at Smith; about half of these facilities are accessible as well. Gender-neutral restrooms are available in student residences and academic and administrative buildings.

Gender Neutral Restrooms (PDF)

Allies on Campus

These faculty and staff members are happy to take questions from students who wish to learn more about trans issues on campus. Whether it is to be more aware, be a better ally or for personal reasons, all of the following people have expressed the ability and want to discuss anything in associating with gender on campus.

Tobias Davis '03 has worked a lot on campus with trans advocacy. He is happy to answer any questions students may have. He works on campus and is a local ally.

Dr. Leslie Jaffe, Smith College's physician, is happy to answer any questions and is available for appointments. To make an appointment, you may call health services at 413-585-2800. He can also be reached by email.

Kris Mereigh, Smith College's wellness director, is happy to meet with students to discuss issues surrounding gender. She is available for appointments and can also be reached via email.

Online/National Resources

How To Guide: This how-to guide put out by the MTPC covers information from how to respond to discrimination, to how to change one's drivers license.

http://trans-health.com: This online magazine has a lot of information about varying subjects within the trans community. It focuses on health awareness, however it does also have lists of resources and a number of interesting articles about recent activities within advocacy work.


The Trevor Project is a national around the clock crisis and suicide prevention hotline service for transgender and questioning youth. If you wish to speak with someone at any hour call 866-488-7386.

Resources Within Massachusetts

http://www.masstpc.org: The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) is a fantastic resource for those living/staying in Mass. Their Web site has information about transitioning, creating a trans community, coming out, therapists, medical practitioners and so on.

http://www.transyouthequality.org: While this resource is geared mainly to younger children, there are a number of resources and articles for teens as well. They also have a great section on how to talk with one's parents about trans issues as well as a section on support groups for teens as well as parents.

Trans Support Group: This support group meets in Northampton and is open for trans identified individuals and questioning individuals aged 15–24. For more information contact Mitch, 413-586-8517.

Off-Campus Counseling Services

Students should seek referrals from Smith Counseling Service. Be sure to check what health insurance is accepted at each place before making an appointment.