New Visibility Dashboard Announced During Transgender Awareness Week

In response to student requests and in order to increase trans+ and non-binary visibility at Humboldt State University, a new data dashboard will show the campus’ gender diversity.

The announcement comes during National Transgender Awareness Week, which begins Monday, Nov. 13 and culminates with Trans Day of Remembrance, Saturday, Nov. 20.

The data dashboard was developed in consultation with HSU’s Transgender, Gender Non-binary & Gender Non-conforming Task Force, which was formed in October 2020 to address issues important to transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people at the University.

“It is difficult to value that which remains invisible,” says Loren Cannon, Philosophy instructor. Toward the goal of increasing trans visibility and respect on campus, the dashboard is a keystone effort that allows students to self-identify their gender identity and gives University departments and leadership an ethical way to better understand trans+ representation.

“Data is often seen through the lens of bias and steeped in power and privilege,” says Michael Le, director of ITS Institutional Research, Analytics & Reporting. “This dashboard is a first step in dismantling the power and privilege of defining gender identity. The intent is to reveal that state definitions are more dynamic than federal definitions, yet more rigid than how individuals see themselves.”

The campus community is invited to learn more about the dashboard at a virtual unveiling on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting using your HSU username via this link.

The dashboard will be available to view here following the presentation.

The Transgender, Gender Non-binary & Gender Non-conforming Task Force is offering trainings to staff, faculty, and student groups who wish to gain understanding and cultural competence in trans/GNB pratices of inclusion and respect. The task force is also seeking additional members. Contact chair Mira Friedman at for more information.

For inquiries about subcommittees, please email Michael Le regarding data collection and reporting,, or Loren Cannon regarding staff and faculty training,

Transgender Awareness Week of Visibility Events:

Trans+ Task Force Dashboard Presentation
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m.
The campus community is invited to learn more about the dashboard. Register in advance for this meeting using your HSU username via this link.

Mechanic Workshop
Thursday, Nov. 18, 4-6 p.m.
Learn about car maintenance in a queer-friendly space with guest speaker Chaya Milchtein, automotive educator and founder of Mechanic Shop Femme! Attendees can get a free digital tire pressure gauge!
ZOOM: 817 4491 2988 ~ Password: 885261

Trans Day of Remembrance
Friday, Nov. 19, 5-6 p.m.
Learn how Transphobia impacts marginalized communities, honor those we have lost and share your story in a non-judgmental and safe place. Trans Resources provided.
ZOOM: 896 6551 6918 ~ Password: 750106