Student Affairs


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Demographic Questions

In order to create a safe, welcoming environment for members of the LGBTQ community, Green River students will be asked to answer two new demographic questions as part of the quarterly registration process. Students must select a response for each question and may select "Other" or "Prefer not to answer" should they choose to do so."

These important questions will help Green River understand the unique challenges of its LGBTQ students. Soon, the data collected will be used to develop programs, support services, clubs, courses, scholarships and more - all designed specifically to assist LGBTQ student success. Find out more about the initiative from the students' perspective.

Green River will treat this information with the highest integrity and confidentiality. 



1. What are the questions will I be asked?

1. What is your sexual orientation?

Prefer not to answer

2. What is your gender identity? 

Gender neutral
Prefer not to answer

2. Is there a specific reason you are collecting this data?

Yes, we are collecting data to promote safe and welcoming learning environments, develop programs and services, and better track students' progress and success.

3. Will you report this information to outside agencies?


4. What if I leave the question blank? Will you require me to select my sexual orientation?

No, a student can select "Prefer not to answer."

5. Will this information be disclosed to my peers or professors?


6. Who will have access to this registration information?

Institutional research departments will have access to the data.

7. Will I be able to update and change my status after I register for classes?


8. Does your campus collect this information from faculty and staff?


9. Will this information always be linked to my name?


10. If I transfer schools, will you provide this information to them?


11. If another school or entity asks you for this information, will you provide it to them?


12. If I provide this information, will it be kept private?


13. Does your campus have a clear procedure for reporting LGBTQ-related bias incidents and hate crimes?



Washington State Student Services Commission (WSSSC)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ)

Student Success Initiative

May, 2013

This is a student-driven initiative that began at the 2011 Washington Community and Technical College (CTC) Students Legislative Voice Academy. Five community college students developed a white paper and conducted presentations to the Admissions & Registrars Council (ARC), Council of Unions and Student Programs (CUSP), Multicultural Students Services Directors Council (MSSDC), and Washington State Student Services Commission (WSSSC).

 The white paper promoted the Voice Academy's priorities for the upcoming legislative session. One of the five critical issues brought to the forefront was the recommendation to include LGBTQ demographic categories as part of the admissions application. The commission responded by agreeing that this was an important issue and formed the LGBTQ Student Success Task Force.

 The task force has determined through research, practitioner knowledge and student experience that implementing the LGBTQ Student Success Initiative, which every registrant at Green River now participates in, will serve as a visible testimony of the CTC's commitment to diversity, academic achievement and student success.

Collecting this data will allow colleges to know more about their students' progress and academic success. As a result, colleges will be better prepared to design and develop curricular and co-curricular offerings that reflect their students' diverse perspectives, and that promote and safe and welcoming learning environment for all students.

Contact us

Denise Bennatts
Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar
253-833-9111 Ext. 2510

Sarah Postel
Director of the Welcome Center