Trans and Gender Diverse at RMIT
Since 2016, we have committed to the Diversity and Inclusion Framework and Action Plans, including the Diverse Genders, Sexes and Sexualities (DGSS) Action Plan. Our main objectives have been to raise awareness of issues that impact DGSS inclusion, increase student participation in events, and celebrate diversity through strong role modelling. Our student-focused work over the last few years, supporting the trans and gender diverse community includes:
- developing the Gender Affirmation Guide
- personalised support for students with a preferred/known as name
- launching a dedicated Trans and Gender Diverse at RMIT webpage
- publishing guides, including the Trans Ally Guide, Inclusive Language and Events Guide
- celebrating days of significance, such as Trans Week of Awareness and Trans Day of Visibility
This page is regularly updated by RMIT’s Diversity and Inclusion team. If you have feedback, would like to recommend an update, or just want to connect, get in touch with a Diversity and Inclusion Advisor.
Changing your name
Changing your name can be an exciting and overwhelming process. If you do choose to change your name legally an Advisor can help you find the right paperwork, budget for costs involved and help you apply for financial support if needed. Once you’ve changed your name legally, you’ll want to consider updating your personal details elsewhere:
- RMIT student system (including obtaining a new student card)
- Driver's License
- Centrelink and Medicare
- RMIT Medical Hub or with your General Practitioner
- Australian Tax Office
- Electoral Roll
- Banks and superannuation
- Place of work
- Landlord or Real Estate (if you’re renting)
- Electricity, gas and water providers
- Mobile phone and internet provider
- Insurance cover including medical, home insurance and ambulance cover
You can now manually request to change your known as name in:
- Microsoft O365 Services (Teams, OneDrive, Outlook - student email etc.)
- Active Directory (RMIT computer sign-on)
- Google Services (Gmail, Google Drive etc.)
To request support for a name that affirms your gender, please book an appointment with a Student Welfare Advisor or make a request via the RMIT Connect portal to the Student Welfare team including:
- known as name in full
- gender marker (M, F or X)
- preferred email address
You can submit an online enquiry to a Student Welfare Advisor online here.
An advisor will be in touch, so keep an eye on your emails for updates.
Your name will remain unchanged in the following areas (internal systems):
- Enrolment Online
- Viewing financial and academic records
- Assignment submissions
- Collaborate Ultra
Collaborate Ultra allows for guests to join with an entered name where a guest link is provided. So where possible, please request or use this functionality to avoid dead-naming.
Canvas: You can change your ‘display name’ that displays to teachers and fellow students via Canvas manually:
From the Canvas homepage, click 'Account' on the left hand side.
Select 'Settings' from the menu that opens.
On the right of the settings page, select 'Edit settings'.
You will now be able to change your 'Display name'. Once you choose the name you want, click 'update settings' to finalise the choice.
CareerHub: You can manually update your profile name in CareerHub:
From the CareerHub homepage, click on the 'Profile' tab
Click on 'edit' next to name
Click on 'update your details'
Update your name and click 'save'
Email signature template (copy the banner at the bottom as an image to paste it into your signature)
My pronouns are they/them
Your contact number
your website (if you have one)
Maci Hamdorf (she/her), Diversity and Inclusion Advisor – People Team
As a Diversity and Inclusion Advisor within RMIT’s People Team, and co-chair of the RMIT Ally Network, Maci's role is to support the University’s value of inclusion.
Maci is a passionate ally for the DGSS community and aims to provide support to those going through gender affirmation, questioning their identity or looking to learn more about DGSS inclusion at RMIT.
On a personal note, Maci is an American-Australian with a love of burritos, dad-jokes and Carlton AFLW.
Join the Trans and Gender Diverse Peer Support Network
While being a part of the broader DGSS community can feel like you’ve finally found your chosen family, we understand that being a trans and gender diverse person can have its own set of challenges that may be difficult for others to understand. Especially during times where so much of our social connection relies on technology and digital communication, supporting our peers is more important than ever.
Whether you’re at an early stage of navigating the gender spectrum or you’ve been marching in the front row of the trans pride march for years, we all have something to share. This network is open to both staff and students of RMIT. Your details will not be shared with anyone else without prior consent and your level of involvement is entirely up to you.
If you would like to join the Trans and Gender Diverse Peer Support Network at RMIT, please contact a Diversity and Inclusion Advisor and express your interest.
RMIT is committed to supporting all staff and students to bring their whole selves to work and study. In recognition of the International Day of Transgender Visibility, our RMIT Gender Affirmation Guide has been revised and updated.
The guide is a toolkit for staff and students who wish to affirm their gender.
It is also designed to help allies, managers and student-facing staff to support their colleagues or students with guidance on processes, templates and emails, and links to internal supports and external organizations that can provide further assistance.
If you have legally changed your name, you can update your name in RMIT systems at RMIT Connect. You will need to bring your original ID including any change of name certificates and the Variation to Personal Details form.
You do not need to provide any evidence to change your gender in RMIT systems, which currently support gender identifiers F, M and X.
RMIT’s Trans and Gender Diverse Archive (as recommended by our community)
A growing list of films focusing on trans and gender diverse themes as recommended by our community. Access https://rmit.kanopy.com/ via your staff and student account to stream thousands of movies online.
- The Adventures of Pricilla Queen of the Desert (1994) directed by Stephan Elliott
- All About My Mother (1999) directed by Pedro Almodovar
- Boys Don’t Cry (1999) directed by Kimberly Peirce
- The Crying Game (1992) directed by Neil Jordan
- Dallas Buyer’s Club (2013) directed by Jean-Marc Vallee
- The Danish Girl (2015) directed by Tom Hooper
- A Fantastic Woman (2017) directed by Sebastian Lelio
- Girl (2018) directed by Lukas Dhont
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) directed by John Cameron Mitchell
- In the Year of 13 Moons (1978) directed by Rainer Wener Fassbinder
- Ma Vie en Rose (1997) directed by Alain Berliner
- Paris is Burning (1990) directed by Jennie Livingston
- Romeos (2011) directed by Sabine Bernardi
- Tangerine (2015) directed by Sean Baker
- Tomboy (2011) directed by Celine Sciamma
- Transamerica (2005) directed by Duncan Tucker
- Transfinite (2019) directed by Neelu Bhuman
Reading + Listening
We’re still in the process of building our reading and listening archive. If you have a recommendations, we would love to hear from you! Submit through our online form.