Creating and Sustaining a Trans-Affirming Classroom
This is an endorsement-eligible experience for the Inclusive Teaching Endorsement.
This workshop is presented as part of an interview for an open Instructional Consultant position with UITL.
An ever increasing portion of current and aspiring college students identify as transgender. In fact, 56% of Gen Zers indicate that they personally know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns (such as they/them) and more than a third strongly agreed that gender no longer defines a person as much as it used to. Despite these generational gender shifts, trans students continue to face both institutional and individual barriers within higher education. For example, 35% of transgender students attending graduate school, professional school, or technical school reported experiencing negative treatment—such as bullying and harassment—by students, teachers, and staff. Yet, instructors who value inclusivity can choose to create affirming classroom environments for these students and all students. This workshop will therefore equip and empower instructors to enact trans-affirming classrooms through shared language, experiential exercises, and practical strategies for the classroom.