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Resources for Students

We're here to make sure you have the resources you need to be successful at Purdue Fort Wayne - both in and out of the classroom. Below you will find a database of campus, local, and national resources, including information on financial aid, advocacy groups, faith organizations, and more.

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  • Know Your Rights

    Know Your Rights

    PURDUE NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY 

    Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

    Purdue University views, evaluates, and treats all persons in any University related activity or circumstance in which they may be involved, solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.

    Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Purdue’s Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action policy which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the University promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans through its affirmative action program.

    INCLUSIVE RESTROOMS

    All members of our community are free to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity. All-gender restrooms are also available in all campus buildings for anyone who may not feel comfortable using a gender-designated restroom.

    PREFERRED NAME POLICY

    The preferred name policy allows students to change their name through the Registrar's office via this form. Please allow 24-48 hours for a request to be processed. You may change your preferred name once per semester, and you may only update your first name not your last name. The university will continue to make necessary changes to the implementation of the process to ensure preferred names are used whenever possible. Legal name will continue to be used for business and legal purpose in the following places: admissions, housing contracts, student billing accounts, financial aid, enrollment verification, transcripts, teacher licensure records, government employment forms, governmental tax forms, paychecks, and with the university police. 

    A legal name change can be made using this form, and you must provide one of the following forms of identification with that new name: driver's license or state issued photo ID, marriage license, social security card, permanent resident card, passport, divorce decree, or court order. 

    Currently, there is no process for changing the gender marker on school records at Purdue Fort Wayne. 

    REPORT AN INCIDENT

    In cases of harassment, or situations in which a student feels that another member of the Purdue Fort Wayne community (staff, faculty, or student) has violated their rights under Purdue’s anti-harassment, non-discrimination, and equal opportunity policies, a student can file a report, contact the Dean of Students, or reach out to the Office of Institutional Equity.   

    File a report.

    FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS

    Know Your Rights: Students & LGBTQ Rights at School
    Southern Poverty Law Center guide to LGBTQ students' rights in public education

    LGBT Rights in the United States 
    Wikipedia article detailing the current state of LGBTQ+ rights and anti-discrimination laws in the US

  • Academic Resources

    Academic Resources

    TUTORING

    Purdue Fort Wayne Tutoring Center - PFW offers tutoring and other academic support for a wide variety of classes and subjects, including dedicated support for Music, Computer Sciences, Foreign Languages, Math & Science, and Writing.

    In partnership with the Tutoring Center, we will also be providing in-office tutoring hours at the Q Center beginning in the fall of 2021. Tutors will be available on Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 4pm, and Thursdays from 9am - 11am.

    FINANCIAL AID

    Purdue Fort Wayne Financial Aid Office 
    Your one-stop for information about your financial aid.

    Purdue Fort Wayne Scholarships 
    Listing of PFW-specific scholarships

    FAFSA 
    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your key to receiving federal financial aid, including access to grants and federally-backed students loans. FAFSA becomes available in late fall and must be completed no later than April 15th to be eligible for aid for the next academic year. 

    Affordable Colleges Online 
    Extensive listing of scholarships for LGBTQ students, as well as FAQs for LGBTQ+ students applying for financial aid

    Point Foundation 
    The nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ+ students of merit

    Rainbow Scholarship 
    A dedicated scholarship for LGBTQ+ students who wish to participate in rigorous study abroad programs

    CAREER RESOURCES

    PFW Career Development Center
    Free support and resources for PFW students - including interview prep, resume reviews, and more - provided by a fully SafeZone Certified staff

    Corporate Equality Index 
    Annual report rating workplace quality across major US employers

    HRC Employer Database 
    Searchable database of employers' policies on LGBTQ+ employees

    The Pipeline Project
    Recruitment, retention, and leadership advancement initiative for queer people of color in leadership

    Trans Job Seeker Guide
    Resource guide to navigating the job search as a trans person

    Transgender in the Workplace 
    Career and resource guide for employees and employers

    US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: LGBT+ Workers 
    Guidance document on workers' rights and workplace protections for LGBTQ+ people

    OTHER CAMPUS SUPPORT

    Emergency Absence Policy 
    Sometimes unexpected events can get in the way of your academic success. The PFW Dean of Students Office can help you work with your professors to take a leave of absence.

    SGA Calculator Rental Program 
    Student Government offers low-cost graphing calculator rentals for all PFW and IUFW students

    The Pantry 
    Food pantry available to all PFW and IUFW students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community

    LGBT CERTIFICATE

    The LGBT studies certificate is offered though the College of Arts and Sciences and the program integrates concepts from multiple academic disciplines from psychology to fine arts. The LGBT Undergraduate Certificate requires a total of 19 credit hours; 10 credits in LGBT courses, 6 credits in sexuality courses, and 3 credits in gender courses. This link will direct you to the LGBT Program Requirements tab, which lists the possible classes available.

    Contact: Craig Hill, Ph.D., Director

    hillc@pfw.edu

  • Health and Wellness

    Health and Wellness

    HEALTHCARE

    For a listing of local LGBTQ+ affirming healthcare & mental health providers, click on "Fort Wayne Area Resources" below.

    PFW Campus Clinic
    The Purdue Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic is an outpatient facility that provides a variety of healthcare services to students, faculty, staff, and community members. 

    PFW Fitness Center
    Multi-purpose exercise facility including cardio and weight equipment, as well as fitness classes and personal training. All PFW and IUFW students get FREE membership to the PFW Fitness Center.

    PFW Immunization Information
    All incoming students and current students living in Student Housing are required to submit complete immunization records in compliance with Indiana state law

    PFW Student Health Insurance Plan
    Information about health insurance for students through PFW

    Black AIDS Institute
    Non-profit health advocacy group focused on HIV education, awareness, and prevention in Black communities

    CDC LGBT Youth Resources
    Health resources for LGBTQ+ youth from the Center for Disease Control

    Go Ask Alice
    Health information and resources for young people

    Healthcare Equality Index
    Annual report evaluating LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices across US healthcare facilities

    Health Issues for Lesbians and Women Who Have Sex With Women 
    Blog post about sexual health issues for women-loving-women from the Mayo Clinic

    Health Concerns for Transgender People 
    Blog post about health issues faced by transgender people from the Mayo Clinic

    HIV and Aids Resources for Women 
    Resources and information about HIV/AIDS for women 

    Latino Commission on AIDs 
    Non-profit health advocacy group focused on HIV education, awareness, and prevention in Latino communities

    LGBTQ+ and Addiction
    Resources and information for LGBTQ+ people about addiction and recovery

    National Coalition for LGBT Health
    National organization committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research.

    OutCare 
    Free resources and information about accessing LGBTQ+ affirming healthcare

    Positive Resource Connection
    Fort Wayne-based HIV education, prevention, testing, and case management organization

    Rainbow Health
    Comprehensive health information and resources for LGBTQ+ people

    Resources for People with HIV
    Resources and information for people living with HIV/AIDS

    Trans Health Project 
    Healthcare resources and education for trans people

    Two-Spirit Health Resources
    Resources and information for LGBTQ Native people

    VHA LGBTQ+ Health Program 
    Healthcare resources for LGBTQ+ veterans through the US Department of Veterans Affairs

    MENTAL HEALTH

    PFW Counseling Services
    Students have access to a variety of short-term counseling services—for which there is no charge—to address their individual needs through the Student Assistance Program. These services are confidential and provided in a welcoming, comfortable setting regardless of a student’s race, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, ability, or sexual orientation.

    PFW CARE Team
    The Office of the Dean of Students coordinates the CARE Team, which identifies students in crisis and gets them the guidance they need. If you or a friend are struggling, you can fill out the online referral form at the link above to request help.

    Cooperative Care: Queering Self Care 
    Community-based self-care tips and resources

    Desi LGBTQ+ Helpline for South Asians
    Confidential support, information, and resources for LGBTQ+ South Asian people in the US

    Dysphoria Tips Masterlist 
    A collection of articles and posts about dealing with gender dysphoria, with tips for transmasc, transfeminine, and non-binary individuals

    Everyone is Gay 
    Advice and resources for LGBTQ+ youth

    Finding a Trans-Knowledgeable Therapist
    Free guide for finding trans-knowledgeable mental health providers

    Holiday Self-Care Tips for LGBTQ Youth 
    Tips for self-care during the holidays

    It Gets Better Project 
    Advocacy and support organization for LGBTQ+ youth

    LGBTQ Latinx Mental Health Resource Guide
    Mental health resources for LGBTQ+ Latinx people (bilingual)

    Love is Louder 
    Resources and tips for taking care of your own mental health

    Matthew's Place 
    Resources, education, and stories for LGBTQ+ youth

    National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network 
    Mental health resources for LGBTQ+ people of color

    QTBIPOC Mental Health and Well-Being
    Mental health resources for LGBTQ+ people of color

    Seize the Awkward 
    Resources and tips for talking about mental health

    Self-care Resources for Trans and Non-Binary Folks 
    Tips and resources for trans self-care

    Trevor Project
    Mental health and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ+ youth

    You Are Not Alone 
    Self-care tips and resources for trans people

    COMING OUT

    A Resource Guide to Coming Out 
    General coming out guide

    A Resource Guide to Coming Out as Bisexual 
    Coming out guide for bisexual people

    Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Latinx Americans
    Coming out guide for Latinx LGBTQ+ people

    Transgender Visibility Guide
    Coming out guide for trans people

    HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AND SAFER SEX

    Asexual Relationships 101
    Frequently asked questions about ace relationships

    Attraction & Relationship Terms 
    Aromantic-centered glossary of attraction and relationship terminology

    Get Yourself Tested(GYT)
    Resources and information about STIs and testing

    GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project 
    Organization providing free and confidential support and services to LGBTQ+ surviors of domestic and sexual violence

    How to Have Sex if You're Queer
    Article about protection, consent, and what queer sex means

    How to Have Sex with a Trans Man 
    Blog post about healthy and respectful sex for transmasculine people

    IMPACT Program: Sex Ed 
    Sex education and resources for LGBTQ+ youth

    It's Your (Sex) Life 
    LGBTQ+ inclusive safer sex information

    Lesbian Sex 101 
    Sexual health and safety resources for women-loving-women

    LGBT Foundation Sex Guides 
    Educational safer sex guides for LGBTQ+ people

    LGBTQ+ Safer Sex Guide 
    Comprehensive resource guide for LGBTQ+ safer sex

    Love and Romance: LGBTQ Resources 
    Relationship resources for LGBTQ+ people

    MaleSurvivor 
    Support and resources for male survivors of domestic and sexual violence

    National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs 
    Organization dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

    Options for Sexual Health 
    LGBT-inclusive sexual health information and resources

    Planned Parenthood Safer Sex 
    LGBTQ+ inclusive safer sex information

    Polyamory 101 
    Resource document about non-monogamous relationship

    Power and Control Wheel for LGBT Relationships 
    Resource document about intimate partner violence within LGBT relationships

    RAINN 
    LGBTQ+ inclusive anti-sexual violence organization

    Safer Sex for Trans Bodies 
    A safer sex guide guide for trans and gender diverse people

    Sex, Etc. 
    Sexual and relationship health resources for young people

    Sexual Health for Gay and Bisexual Men 
    Safer sex information for men-loving-men

    Sexual Health for Lesbian and Bisexual Women 
    Safer sex information for women-loving-women

    The Center for Non-Violence 
    Fort Wayne-based non-profit providing education, support, and advocacy to end relationship violence and other forms of violence

    The Network/la Red 
    Survivor-led, social justice organization working to end relationship violence in LGBTQ+, polyamorous, and SM communities

    The Revolution Starts at Home 
    Zine about confronting intimate partner violence within activist communities

    The Ultimate Guide to LGBTQ+ Dating Safety 
    Comprehensive guide to dating safety for LGBTQ+ people

    Trans Teen Survival Guide: Transfeminine Sexual Health 
    Resources and education about sexual health for transfeminine people

    Trans Teen Survival Guide: Transmasculine Sexual Health 
    Resources and education about sexual health for transmasculine people

    Yes, No, Maybe: A Sexual Inventory Stocklist 
    A guide to setting and communicating healthy sex and relationship boundaries for young people

  • Community

    Community

    LOCAL

    Fort Wayne Pride 
    Non-profit organization focused on providing safe, fun events for the Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana LGBTQ+ community

    YWCA Northeast Indiana
    Our local branch provides addiction services, domestic violence services, education services, economic services, and more.

    The Center for Non-Violence 
    Fort Wayne-based non-profit providing education, support, and advocacy to end relationship violence and other forms of violence

    STATE

    Indiana Youth Group
    Indiana-based support and advocacy organization for LGBTQ+ young people

    NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

    Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community
    Community-building and networking organization for AAPI queer women and trans people

    bklyn boi hood
    Community-building organization for LGBTQ+ identifying men of color

    Brown Boi Project
    Community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen and allies committed to changing the way that communities of color talk about gender

    Gay Professional Men of Color 
    Community support group for GBTQ+ identifying men of color

    Out to Innovate 
    National organization of LGBTQ+ STEM professionals

  • Advocacy and Legal Aid

    Advocacy and Legal Aid

    ACTIVIST & ADVOCACY GROUPS

    American Veterans for Equal Rights
    A non-profit, non-partisan, chapter-based Veterans Service Organization of active, reserve, and veteran service members dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, especially the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender current and prior military personnel who have been historically disenfranchised by armed forces policy and discriminatory laws governing military service and benefits.

    Aromantic-spectrum Union for Recognition, Education, and Advocacy
    Advocacy organization for people on the Aromantic spectrum

    Black & Latino LGBTQ+ Coalition 
    Advocacy and education for LGBTQ+ Black and Latino communities

    Black Trans Advocacy Coalition
    Advocacy organization working to address issues faced by black trans people

    Equality Federation 
    National LGBTQ+ advocacy organization focused on empowering state-based advocacy efforts

    Human Rights Campaign 
    National organization advocating for LGBTQ+ rights through education, research, political organizing, and more 

    Immigration Equality 
    LGBTQ+ immigrant rights organization

    Marsha P Johnson Institute
    Advocacy and community organizing group for Black trans people

    Movement Advancement Project 
    Research and advocacy for LGBTQ+ people

    National Black Justice Coalition 
    Civil rights organization dedicated to the advancement of black LGBTQ+ people

    National Center for Transgender Equality 
    Advocacy and support for trans people

    National LGBTQ Task Force 
    Organization dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

    National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance 
    Coalition of LGBT AAPI organizations focused on community building, leadership development, promoting visibility, and grassroots organizing

    Out & Equal 
    International organization focused on workplace equality for LGBTQ+ people

    Sylvia Rivera Law Project 
    Organization dedicated to guaranteeing that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.

    Transgender Law Center 
    The nation's largest trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people

    True Colors United 
    Advocacy, education, and support organization dedicated to ending LGBTQ+ youth homelessness

    Zuna Institute 
    National advocacy organization for black lesbians

    LEGAL AID AND INFORMATION

    PFW Student Legal Services 
    Purdue Fort Wayne and IU Fort Wayne students have access to free and confidential legal consultations for non-criminal legal questions and issues

    Know Your Rights: Airport Security
    Air travel tips and legal information for trans people

    Lambda Legal
    Non-profit national organization committed to achieving the full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people and everyone living with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work

    Lavender Rights Project 
    Low-cost legal services and community programming centered on social justice for trans and queer low-income people and other marginalized communities

    LGBTQ Freedom Fund 
    Mutual-aid bail fund for LGBTQ+ people

    LGBTQ Right by Country or Territory 
    Wikipedia article about LGBTQ+ rights around the world

    Municipal Equality Index 
    Annual report rating LGBTQ-inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services

    National Center for Lesbian Rights 
    National non-profit, public interest law firm that litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBTQ community; provides free legal assistance to LGBTQ people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBTQ issues.

    Stateside Legal 
    Legal resources for LGBT veterans

    The Williams Institute 
    Independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity laws and public policy; part of the UCLA School of Law

    Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund 
    Organization committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts.

    US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: LGBT+ Workers 
    Guidance document on workers' rights and workplace protections for LGBTQ+ people

  • Faith and Spirituality

    Faith and Spirituality

    LOCAL LGBTQ+ AFFIRMING FAITH ORGS

    BEACON HEIGHTS CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN
    2810 Beacon Street
    260.482.8595
    Website
    CONGREGATION ACHDUTH VESHOLOM
    5200 Old Mill Road 
    260.744.4245
    Website
    FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
    300 W. Wayne Street
    260.426.7421
    Website
    FORT WAYNE BAPTIST CHURCH
    2323 Fairfield Ave.
    260.744.2373
    Website
    FORT WAYNE FRIENDS MEETING
    501 W. Berry Street
    260.482.1836
    HOLY REDEEMER CATHOLIC COMMUNITY
    4120 Webster Street
    260.220.2716
    NEW WORLD CHURCH
    4720 Speedway Drive
    260.471.1911
    PEACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
    9123 Aboite Center Road
    260.432.8290
    Website
    PLYMOUTH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF FORT WAYNE
    501 W. Berry Street
    260.423.9424
    plymouthfw.org
    RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH
    14318 Lima Road
    260.637.5900
    Website
    UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF FORT WAYNE
    5310 Old Mill Road
    260.744.1867
    Website
    UNITY OF FORT WAYNE SPIRITUAL CENTER 
    3232 Crescent Avenue
    260.482.2477
    Website

    NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    Affirmation - Advocacy group for LGBTQ+ people in the Methodist church

    Affirmation United Methodists for LGBTQ People - Advocacy group for LGBTQ+ people in the Methodist church

    Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptist Churches - National association of LGBTQ+ affirming Baptist churches

    Axios Eastern & Orthodox LGBT Christians - Support and community for LGBT people who follow the Orthodox Christian faith tradition

    Brethran Mennonite Council - Advocacy group for LGBTQ+ people in the Mennonite community

    Center for LGBTQ & Gender Studies in Religion - A program of the Pacific School of Education, focused on advancing the well-being of LGBTQ people and transforming faith communities by shaping the public discourse on religion, gender, and sexuality through education, research, community building, and advocacy

    DignityUSA - Advocacy and support organization for LGBTQ+ people in the Catholic church

    Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Queer Concerns - LGBTQ+-inclusive Quaker faith community

    Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association - LGBT-inclusive Hindu organization

    Integrity, Inc. - LGBTQ+ inclusive Episcopal organization

    JQ International - Education, advocacy, and support for LGBTQ+ people in Jewish communities

    Keshet - Advocacy group for LGBTQ+ Jewish people

    Kinship International - LGBTQ+ community for current and former Seventh-Day Adventists

    More Light Presbyterians - Advocacy group for LGBTQ+ people in the Presbyterian church

    Muslims for Progressive Values - Advocacy group for human rights, social justice, and inclusion rooted in the Islamic faith tradition

    New Ways MinistryCatholic advocacy and education organization for LGBTQ+ people

    Reconciling Ministries Network - Methodist social justice advocacy group

    Reconciling Works - Advocacy groups for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Lutheran church

    SoulForce - National organization working to end the political and religious oppression of LGBTQ+ people through nonviolent resistance

  • Fort Wayne Area Resources

    Fort Wayne Area Resources

    HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

    ERIN BOWMAN, PHD, HSPP

    3Rivers Wellness & Counseling

    Counseling

    4630 West Jefferson Boulevard

    Suite 3

    Fort Wayne, IN 46804

    Specialties: Trauma and PTSD, Transgender care

     

    ERIN DAVIS

    Family Service Society, Inc.
    Counseling

    101 S Washington St
    Marion, IN 46952

    765.662.9971 ext. 122

    Counseling, Individual or Group Therapy/Counseling

    Services - Website

     

    JEANNE HARBER-PORTER

    Consulting & Counseling Associates

    4214 Hobson Court

    Fort Wayne, IN 46815

    260.486.5251

    Services - Website

     

    KIMBERLY LONEY LMHC

    3262 Mallard Cove Lane

    Fort Wayne, IN 46804

    260.481.2029

    Website

     

    DR. RODNEY E. TIMBROOK, PHD, HSPP

    Psychological Service Associates, Inc.

    3421 E State Blvd.

    Fort Wayne, IN 46805

    260.582.4217

    Services - Website

     

    SHANNON TRELEASE, MD

    Fort Wayne Medical Education Program
    Family Medicine

    750 Broadway

    Suite 250

    Fort Wayne, IN 46802

    260.422.6573

    Family Practice

     

    MOSAIC HEALTH & HEALING ARTS

    330 Lawview Drive

    Goshen, IN 46528

    574.537.2680

    Website

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