Abstract: This session will look primarily at the question of how The College at Brockport and other US universities are creating transgender inclusive campuses for students, staff, and faculty. We will define practical lacks and solutions including gender-neutral housing and bathrooms, name changes, and healthcare. We will also look at issues such as language use in the classroom and the micro aggressions faced by transgender members of our campus. We will discuss which educational campaigns, initiatives, policies, and procedures are best practices for addressing gender identity and expression in the college environment and explore ways to create trans-inclusive change on our campus and beyond.
Megan Obourn is an assistant professor of English at The College at Brockport. She works on contemporary American literature and social identity theory. She also is on the Women and Gender Studies advisory board and the faculty advisor for SOUL and English Club. The title of her first book is Reconstituting Americans: Liberal Multiculturalism and Identity Difference in Post-1960s Literature.