Data collected on gender identity and sexual orientation will provide UC San Diego with meaningful population data necessary for providing resources and other student support services (e.g., scholarships and themed housing). These data will also enable UC San Diego to develop curricular and co-curricular offerings that reflect students’ diverse perspectives, and that promote a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students.
In September 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano formed the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty, and Staff, which is comprised of faculty, LGBT Center staff, students, and community experts. They were charged with making the UC system a gold standard for LGBT issues, and to provide recommendations for the implementation of AB 620 by collecting data on gender identity and sexual orientation through the admission application.
The Registrar is the custodian of all student records, and this information resides in this area. Campus officials who access this data would include the Registrar and their designees, the Director of San Diego's LGBT Resource Center, and campus Institutional Research personnel who use the data in aggregate to provide official reports regarding enrollment, etc. Gender identity data is available to campus officials who utilize gender identity to guide decisions and allocate resources in their service to students, such as housing officials and academic advisors.
The following are the definitions as set by the University of California Office of the President:
Bisexual – A person whose primary sexual and affectional orientation is toward people of the same and other genders, or toward people regardless of their gender.
Gay – A sexual and affectional orientation toward people of the same gender.
Gender – A social construct used to classify a person as a man, woman, or some other identity.
Gender Expression – How one expresses oneself, in terms of dress, mannerisms, and/or behaviors that society characterizes as “masculine” or “feminine.”
Gender Non-Conforming – People who do not subscribe to gender expressions or roles expected of them by society.
Gender Queer – A person’s whose gender identity and/or gender expression falls outside of the dominant social norm for their assigned sex, is beyond genders, or is some combination of them
Heterosexual/Straight – A sexual orientation in which a person feels physically and emotionally attracted to people of a gender other than their own.
Lesbian – A woman whose primary sexual and affectional orientation is toward people of the same gender.
Transgender – Used most often as an umbrella term; some commonly held definitions: 1) someone whose gender identity or expression does not fit within dominant group social constructs of assigned sex and gender; 2) a gender outside of the man/woman binary; 3) having no gender or multiple genders.
Trans Man/Trans Male – A female-to-male (FTM) transgender person who was assigned female at birth, but whose gender identity is that of a man.
Trans Woman/Trans Female – A male-to-female (MTF) transgender person who was assigned male at birth, but whose gender identity is that of a woman.