March 31, 2023, is International Transgender Day of Visibility. This day is observed around the world as a way of celebrating trans and non-binary people by centering their contributions to society and elevating their voices and experiences.

The College of Charleston’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Gender and Sexuality Equity Center, the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and the Office of Student Wellness & Well-being join together in solidarity and support for trans members of the College of Charleston community, across the greater Charleston area and beyond.

“Our collective offices are here to support, affirm and elevate the voices of our trans community,” says Kris De Welde, director of Women’s and Gender studies, and Naomi Simmons, director of the College’s Gender and Sexuality Equity Center. “We are committed to and invested in combating disinformation, drawing attention to the epidemic of violence against trans women of color, and ensuring the inclusion of trans voices in our classrooms and campus leadership. We are here to provide support through student programming, peer and professional support services, academic courses, and the facilitation of a number of trainings, workshops, and talks that make trans people and trans experiences visible.”