LGBT Resource Center


On Campus

Lending Library

The center's library carries books, periodicals, and videos. Topics include fiction, nonfiction, LGBT identities, history, LGBT research, feminism, politics and more. Materials may be checked out with a valid St. Cloud State ID.

Pride Living Community

Learn about our all-gender housing Pride Living Community.

All-Gender Restroom Map (On-Campus)

All-Gender Restrooms

Locations map


  • Atwood Memorial Center
    1. Room 122: First floor, west of Mississippi Room
    2. First floor, east of Gallery and Atwood Theatre
  • Centennial Hall
    1. Room 109: North-west corner, right of the drinking fountains
    2. Room 369: West side of building, right of Room 368
    3. Room 341: East side of building, right of Room 340
  • Halenbeck Hall
    1. Room 338A: Right of Men’s restroom, near Hall of Champions
  • Health Services in Hill Hall
    1. First floor, north-west corner
    2. First floor, south-west corner
    3. First floor, south-east corner
  • James W. Miller Learning Resources Center
    1. Room 123: Inside Starbucks coffee shop
  • Stewart Hall
    1. First floor, near Room 114
  • Robert Wick Science Building
    1. Room 354
    2. Room 356

Preferred Name Change Process (On-Campus)

Preferred Name

St. Cloud State University is committed establishing inclusive practices that allow diversity to flourish and be supported. At the university, students have the opportunity to select the first, middle and last name that best fits the way in which one self identifies. 

Why preferred names?

A preferred name includes one’s first, middle and last name they may choose to be used instead of their legal first, middle, and last name. This preferred name is a name someone wants to be commonly known by, and as to be an inclusive and welcoming campus, it is important to use what is preferred.

An individual’s preferred name will appear on:

  • Campus email address
  • System directories
  • Campus Card
  • Class rosters
  • Alumni office records
  • Advisee list

An individual has the option to choose which name they want to appear on their:

  • Commencement program
  • Diploma

An individual’s legal name will appear on:

  • E-services
  • Official and unofficial transcripts
  • Federal immigration documents
  • Paychecks and pay stubs
  • Timecards
  • SEVIS records
  • Financial Aid records
  • I-9s
  • Some official correspondence from the university and/or a college

How do I set or update my preferred name?

  • You can set or update your preferred by completing the name change request form.
  • Follow the next steps, depending if you are a student or an employee:
    1. If you are a student, please submit your form along with a photo ID to the St. Cloud State Office of Records and Registration (Administrative Services 118)
    2. If you are an employee, please submit your form along with photo ID to the St. Cloud State Human Resources Office (Administrative Services 204)

May I set or change my preferred name to whatever I want?

Individuals can determine and set their preferred name that they want to be known by in the Minnesota State system. Minnesota State and St. Cloud State University reserve the right to deny inappropriate preferred name requests including, but not limited to, those that: attempt to avoid legal obligations, violate other system or St. Cloud State policies, contain inappropriate or offensive language, or are being used for misrepresentation or fraud.

Are there different processes for student, staff, and faculty?

Yes, there are difference process for different roles on campus. 

Can I change my email address to reflect my preferred name?

Not necessarily. An individual’s exact email address may change to reflect the preferred name due to the conventions of the system used to create emails for university. The name attached to the email will change.

Can I request a new Campus ID to reflect my preferred name?

Yes, and there is no extra cost for name change on Campus IDs.

Will a preferred name change on D2L Brightspace?


Can I set or update my preferred name if I have applied or been accepted by SCSU and will be attending in the future?

Once your first semester has started, you are then able to request a preferred name. You must be an active student to complete a request.

How long will it take for my preferred name to appear and be used by the university?

For most systems and programs, one’s preferred name will appear within 2-3 business days. If denied, the requester will receive notification within ten business days.

How can I appeal a denial of preferred name change?

The request as ten business days after notification of denial to file a written appeal to the St. Cloud State Office of Institutional Equity and Access (Administrative Services 102).

Where can I find more information the Preferred Name Request process?

You can find it, here. Please scroll down to the button that says “process”.

Who can I contact with more questions?


St. Cloud OUT

P.O. Box 7597 
St. Cloud, MN 56302
(320) 251-4966

Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Warren Bradbury
P.O. Box 7641
St. Cloud, MN 56302
(320) 251-4966

St. Cloud Pride

P.O. Box 5114 
St. Cloud, MN 56302
(320) 428-0020

Prism Mental Health LLC

14 7th Avenue N, Suite 107
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Greater Minnesota and National

District 202

LGBT Youth Services for Minnesota
1601 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 871-5559

OutFront Minnesota

310 38th Street East #204
Minneapolis, MN 55409-1337
(612) 822-0127

National LGBT+ Organizations and Resources

LGBT Resources and College Affordability

Current and Prospective LGBT+ College Students

Campus Pride: Building Future Leaders & LGBT-Friendly College Campuses

Tips and Guide for Current and Prospective LGBT+ Students

LGBT+ Student Scholarships


LGBTQ Terminology

UCLA's compendium of words, terms and pronoun usage


Be Yourself: Questions and Answers for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth

Our Daughters and Sons: Questions and Answers for Parents of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People

be not afraid -- help is on the way! straight for equality in faith communities

Guide to Being a Straight Ally 

The Guide to Being a Trans Ally

Advocates for Youth

I Think I Might Be Bisexual, Now What Do I Do?

I Think I Might Be Gay, Now What Do I Do?

I Think I Might Be Lesbian, Now What Do I Do?

I Think I Might Be Transgender, Now What Do I Do?


Impact of Homophobia and Racism in LGBTQ Communities of Color

Human Rights Campaign

Guide to Coming Out as Bisexual

Transgender Visibility Guide

Faith, Spirit and the Self 

Coming Out as Transgender

American Psychological Association

Answers to Your Questions about Transgender Individuals and Gender Identity

Answers to Your Questions about Individuals with Intersex Conditions

Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality

Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth

Gay Lesbian Education Straight Network (GLSEN)

From Teasing to Torment: School Climate Revisited (2015)

The 2013 National School Climate Survey  

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)

Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

Campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people: A national perspective

National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)

         What School Officials Say about Trans Students

         Understanding Non-Binary People

Health and Wellness

Health Education

National LGBT Health Education Center

LGBT+ Friendly Health Provider Directory

Rainbow Health Care Initiative

Addiction Resources

LGBT+ Friendly Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

LGBT+ and Addiction

LGBT+ and Substance Abuse

HIV/AIDS Information and Testing Services

Student Health Services (302) 255-3193

Rural Aids Action Network (RAAN) (800) 966-9735

MN Family Planning + STD Hotline (800) 78FACTS

  • Minnesota: (612) 373-2437
  • Calling from out-of-state: (800) 248-2437