On-Campus Resources

Student Life

The Office of Student Affairs facilitates a variety of on-campus events that promote diversity and inclusion of our LGBTQ community. In the past, Student Affairs has hosted workshops and events that promote LGBTQ health and wellness, raise awareness of underrepresented LGBTQ identities, and support student groups that promote LGBTQ culture and identity.

PRISM

The People Respecting Individuals and Sexual Minorities (PRISM) club serves as DigiPen's student-run LGBTQA Club and Gay-Straight Alliance. PRISM promotes tolerance and respect for all gender identities and sexual orientations on the DigiPen campus and in the entertainment industry. PRISM hosts the DigiPen Drag Show during the fall semester and Pride Week during the spring semester. This club is open to all students, and allies are encouraged to drop by.

DigiPen Housing, LLC

DigiPen Housing, LLC is committed to providing a safe and secure living environment for any DigiPen student, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. DigiPen Housing administrators strive to create a community where differing identities are supported and nurtured during a student’s time at DigiPen Institute of Technology. The housing staff are trained to respond to any situation, including mediating disputes between roommates, assisting students who are struggling with their identity, and helping students navigate and connect with DigiPen's administration. DigiPen Housing also provides an All-Gender Housing option in which two or more students share a multiple-occupancy apartment, in mutual agreement, regardless of each student's sex, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.

Career Services

DigiPen Career Services is dedicated to educating, preparing, and empowering LGBTQ students for the transition from DigiPen to the workplace.

Recognizing that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex students and alumni may have some unique considerations in their work-related decisions, DigiPen Career Services actively helps LGBTQ students and alumni navigate the job search process and pursue their career goals.

Career Services is available Monday through Friday to provide quality programs, advising, and additional resources in an atmosphere free from judgment and discrimination.

Resources include:

  • One-on-one advising appointments
  • Information about rights in the workplace
  • Job search strategies for finding an LGBTQ-welcoming workplace
  • Mentoring programs with DigiPen alumni
  • Interview preparation tactics
  • Networking opportunities

For more information, please contact careerservices@digipen.edu.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Center at DigiPen offers short-term individual counseling services to DigiPen students. We work with students struggling with a variety of personal issues including — but not limited to — adjusting to college life, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

If you have questions or need more information, contact the Counseling Center at kwidmer@digipen.edu or (425)-629-5015.

Restrooms

In accordance with the Washington Law Against Discrimination and the Washington State Human Rights Commission, DigiPen Institute of Technology encourages students, staff, faculty, and guests to use the restroom that is consistent with the individual’s gender identity. For community members who prefer a single-occupancy space, an all-gender, single stall restroom is available on the building’s second floor near the Academic Advising and Tutoring Center.

Student Name Policy

All student names displayed in technology or on physical documents or badges on campus will be a student's legal name unless otherwise specified by a student request to use a preferred name. In such case, the student's preferred name will be displayed as if it were their legal name. During the application process, applicants may enter a preferred first name in the optional portion of their initial application for admission. This preferred name will be used in the implementation of this policy. Applicants may request to update the names in their application prior to enrolling. Depending on the name change request some documentation may be required. After the student has enrolled, name changes can be requested through the student record system (SRS) and are subject to approval. Please refer to the Student Name Policy Statement for more information.

Local Resources

Seattle Counseling Services is a community-based organization that has been dedicated to promoting health and wellness within the LGBTQ community for 45 years. They are committed to providing accessible services, and offer sliding scale fees in addition to accepting Medicaid and many insurance plans.

  • Website: www.salveocounseling.com
  • Email: info@salveocounseling.com
  • Phone: (425) 868-5777
  • Address: 16150 NE 85 Street, Suite 120, Redmond WA 98052

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center’s (KCSARC’s) purpose is to alleviate, as much as possible, the trauma of sexual assault for victims and their families.

  • Website: www.kcsarc.org
  • Email: adminsupportstaff@kcsarc.org
  • 24-Hour Sexual Assault Resource Line: 1-899-99-VOICE (1-888-99-86423)
  • Phone: (425) 226-5062
  • Address: 200 Mill Avenue South, Suite 10, Renton WA 98057

Gay City Health Project promotes wellness in LGBTQ communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community.

  • Website: www.gaycity.org
  • Email: info@gaycity.org
  • Phone: (206) 860-6969
  • Address: 517 E Pike Street, Seattle WA 98112

Ingersoll Gender Center supports transgender people in their growth and well-being by providing support, education, advocacy, and a wide array of resources for people interested in gender identity issues. Ingersoll supports and respects service providers, employers, families and friends as well, in order to promote understanding, awareness, and acceptance of gender diversity.

  • Website: www.ingersollgendercenter.org
  • Email: ingersollgender@gmail.com
  • Phone: (206) 849-7859
  • Address: 517 E Pike Street, lower floor, Seattle WA 98122

National Resources

Trevor Project is the leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people ages 13-24 years old.

American Civil Liberties of Washington’s guide is designed to help transgender individuals understand their legal rights in Washington state. It is not meant to provide legal advice.

National Runaway Safeline’s mission is to help keep America’s runaway homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. NRS provides education and solution-focused interventions, offers non-sectarian, non-judgmental support, respects confidentiality, collaborates with volunteers, and responds to at-risk youth and their families.

Trans Lifeline provides culturally competent services to trans and gender-nonconforming people in crisis; Trans Lifeline works with stakeholders within and without the transgender community to end the plague of trans suicide; Trans Lifeline empowers transgender people to help other trans individuals in the darkest moments of their lives.

Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER) is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to TSER’s focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, their mission is to educate the public and teach transgender activists how to be effective organizers.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. The hotline operates around the clock, seven days a week, and is confidential and free of cost. The hotline is part of the largest nationwide network of programs and expert resources on domestic violence issues.