“There’s not one way to be Trans, there’s not one way to transition.”
he/him & they/them
Q: Gender & higher ed – educate us!
A: As one of the few, if not the only trans+ identified employees at my institution, it’s emotionally exhausting to take care of your students, while also trying to take care of yourself. Equity and inclusion work isn’t done in silos. Educators need to understand the deep complexities and barriers that our trans+ and gender nonconforming students and staff face on a daily basis. Colleges need to re-evaluate their understanding of diversity. Dissect their policies, practices, and procedures. Is your pedagogy actually inclusive? Our stories matter and our students need to feel valued—if colleges want our students to thrive—empower and uplift marginalized voices. Students need to see themselves and their experiences reflected in the lives of staff and faculty. Colleges are on the right path, but have a long way to go to truly be more gender inclusive. To learn more about why pronouns matter, and practices on how colleges can be more inclusive for trans+ students, staff, and faculty, listen to my follow up interview HERE, or my original interview HERE.
Check out Max’s previous interview: here
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