LGBTQ+ Students

Here at the UCCS Career and Innovation Center, we work hard to support students from all backgrounds including those that come to UCCS that are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, polyamorous, pansexual, intersex, asexual, two spirit (or other native and indigenous informed identity), or other identity intersections.

Career Center Support

While there are many laws that prohibit discrimination based on gender or sexuality, there are still many questions and concerns that the Colorado Springs community may have when navigating the job search. Questions like  

  • “Will I be supported as a transgender or non-binary person within this company?” or 
  • “Will I be able to speak outwardly about my partner/s and family at my workplace?” 

The Career and Innovation Center is a place where you can navigate these questions as well as find resources that you can utilize when entering the workforce and bringing your full self during your time here and when you leave university. 

  • If you have questions, seek advice, or would like your career documents reviewed please click here to schedule an appointment with a Career Coach. 
  • Check out our Career Exploration page to learn more about your career journey  
  • Review our Resume Guide to update your format – Resumes and Cover Letters are not legal documents, so you can write the name you use if you prefer. 
  • Set up a Mock Interview with career center staff to practice and prepare 
  • Visit Clyde’s Closet in UC114 for FREE inclusive professional work wear 

We work closely with the Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness and Community (M.O.S.A.I.C.), which also houses the LGBTQ+ Resource Center.  We encourage you to connect with their awesome staff for support.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. 

Job Search Resources

  • Attitudes and protections vary tremendously across the U.S. and Internationally.  If you are planning to relocate be sure to research the political climate and cultural attitudes toward LGBTQ people as you navigate the job search.  
  • Additionally, it is important to inform your references whether or not you are out in your job search, which name and pronouns you will be using in your search, and what information you are comfortable with them disclosing to potential employers. 

Visit the UCCS LGBTQ+ Resource Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ+) Resource Center includes student advocated support services designed to cultivate the holistic development of historically and currently marginalized students at UCCS. Students can expect ongoing programs, trainings, leadership development, intentionally designed resources, and active advising from the full-time staff.

More Campus Support

If you feel the communication between you and an employer is suspicious, end the communication immediately.

More Career Tips, Blogs, Articles and Resources

The decision to dress according to “traditional”, cisgender norms or to wear clothes that allow you to express your gender identity may vary over time and from interview to interview, depending on your personal comfort level. Your knowledge of the particular employer or industry may inform your decision. Ideally, wear clothing that makes you feel confident. 

You may find an employer asking you an illegal question in an interview. These questions may ask you to reveal your age, race, national origin, citizenship, gender, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or arrest record. Knowing how to identify and respond effectively to these questions is important. 

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Student Resources

Two Spirit Webinars

These Tribal TTA Center webinars address topics related to Two-Spirit and transgender identities in tribal communities.

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Division of Insurance

The Division of Insurance (DOI) regulates the health insurance industry in Colorado and ensures companies follow state and federal laws. …

The National SOGIE Center

The National Center for Youth with Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression, provides a centralized site for accessing resources …

American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU website provides resources for LGBTQ+ individual rights and liberties.

National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. …

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people …

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