LGBTQIA+ | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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NWACC celebrates all aspects of a student’s unique identity, including their sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Entering college can be a time of excitement, fear and uncertainty for many students, and we understand these feelings might be heightened for LGBTQIA+ students. With that in mind, NWACC is continuously addressing questions and concerns brought to our attention.

Common Concerns:

You have the option to provide your preferred name when you apply to NWACC. 

If you did not provide a preferred name as an applicant and would like to have it changed after enrolling, you may do so by completing the Preferred/Chosen First Name Change form.  Once completed, submit to the Enrollment Support Center.

The Director of Counseling and Wellness Center or the Dean of Students can help you facilitate conversations and communications with your instructors and send a letter to your instructors notifying them of the correct name and pronouns to use.

Note: In some instances, students' legal names must always be used regardless of whether preferred/chosen names have been added to the system. Legal names will always appear on all external use reports and documents. Legal first names can only be changed on these records when students pursue a legal name change with their home state and/or federal authorities and then submit that documentation to the Office of the Registrar.

There are all-gender restrooms or non-gender restrooms in most buildings.  Maps can be found online or at the Becky Paneitz Student Information Center.  Contact the Dean of Students if you have any questions regarding all-gender restrooms.

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Students at NWACC are encouraged to celebrate their diversity and interests through involvement with student Registered Student Organizations and co-curricular programs. We have student organizations that focus on LGBTQIA+ communities. View a full list of Student Registered Student Organizations.

We have on and off-campus resources for LGBTQIA+ students and community. 

NWACC’s non-discrimination policy explicitly states “NWACC does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status, familial status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process.”

If a violation occurs, students can contact one of the following: