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Community Engagement

Our Mission

The Trans CARE Collaborative is housed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Come meet the team!

We want people, especially you, to feel included. We know that many Two Spirit, trans, nonbinary (2STNB), gender-nonconforming, and gender diverse individuals aren’t able to access adequate mental healthcare. Between the shortages of providers in many areas and a lack of cultural awareness and education, biases such as transphobia and racism shrink an already small provider pool.


We want you to feel welcome and safe sharing vulnerable information with us. Coming out as 2STNB, gender-nonconforming, or gender diverse is not easy. Many are unable to do so due to safety concerns, and those who do often experience rejection and isolation. We take great strides to keep your information safe.

All in all, we want you to be heard! 2STNB, gender-nonconforming, and gender diverse people aren’t generally included in most research. Often, research that does include our community is incredibly basic, unhelpful, or even harmful. That also means that there isn’t a lot around celebration, joy, or healing in our communities.

People of Color
Two Spirit


About the language use

We initially used “BIPOC” (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), but we received feedback that this languaging felt too academically-oriented and detached from community members’ lived experiences.


Through conversations with community advisory board members and focus group participants, we began using “Black and Brown” when referring, broadly, to people of color.


Subsequent conversations both in the Trans CARE Collaborative, as well as within focus groups, challenged us to be attentive to communities of color that we might inadvertently be excluding by using “Black and Brown” languaging (e.g., East Asian populations). Through the help, support, and wisdom of community members, we decided that “Black, Brown, and people of color” feels like the most accurate representation of our intentionality with this study. 

We realize that, even now, this languaging is not perfect. We will continue to engage in dialogue and critical reflection regarding language use and the ways it interacts with systems of marginalization and exploitation.


Community Partners

Project Name

Meet our community partners!

Dirverse & Resilient

At Diverse & Resilient, we see a future in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in Wisconsin thrive, living healthy, satisfying lives in safe, supportive communities.

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Wisconsin Office of Rural Health

The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health works to improve the health of rural communities throughout the state. 

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Diversity Center of Oklahoma

Providing Quality Services to Oklahoma's Gender Diverse & LGBTQ Communities. 

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