IUF Crowdfunding


Please make a gift to help fuel the School of Medicine’s research to ultimately ensure gender-expansive youth feel a sense of belonging and safety at school with the support they need to achieve their full potential. The data from this research will inform more appropriate care to gender-expansive youth by today's physicians as well as the next generation of healers. Donations will be matched by a generous challenge grant of nearly $50,000.

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Today, there is greater awareness that our gender identity–our sense of ourselves as being masculine, feminine, both, neither, or something else entirely—exists on a continuum. A growing number of people, especially young people, are more aware and open to exploring and following their own path of their experienced gender.

Too often, gender-expansive youth struggle in school due to victimization and other preventable factors. As a result, these youth often perform poorly in school and accumulate numerous absences due to safety concerns. They also may suffer lower self-esteem and experience more depression than other students. These issues continue to challenge gender-expansive youth during the disruptions of school schedules and shifts to virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team at IU School of Medicine’s goal is to ensure gender-expansive youth feel a sense of belonging and safety at school with the support they need to achieve their full potential, so they are launching a research project designed to promote the well-being of gender-expansive youth and adolescents at school.

This research project is being supported by a special matching gift opportunity, which would immediately expand the reach of the program and inform the science around delivering appropriate care and support for gender expansive children and adolescents. The TAWANI Foundation, a friend of the program, will be matching donations to the fund up to $47,750 each year for the next three years. Your gift will allow us to leverage the generosity of the TAWANI Foundation while promoting the health and well-being of gender-expansive children and youth in Indiana.

To learn more about this research project, about gender health at IU School of Medicine, or how you can get involved, please contact Dr. Eric Meininger at etmeinin@iu.edu.


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