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Here’s the T
Trans Students and Inclusive
Practices Abroad
Presenter Introductions
John Carrion (he, him, his)
Assistant Director of Global Housing Administration at New York Univer...
Why are We Here
“To address issues significant to LGBTQ students is not to alter the
agenda, but to be more inclusive to t...
Learning Outcomes
● Gain a basic understanding of Trans
students’ identity and definitions
associated with the Trans umbre...
Agenda
Trans/Gender Variant Living Language
Utilizing A Theoretical Framework
Narratives from Students and Colleagues
Addr...
Trans/Gender Variant
Living Language
Gender Binary: A system of viewing gender as consisting solely of two, opposite categories, termed
“man” and “woman”, in w...
Sex Assigned At Birth: The assignment and classification of people as male, female, or intersex
Transgender/Trans: Encompa...
Trans
Umbrella
NORTH AMERICA
Two Spirit (US, Mexico)
Muxe (Mexico)
SOUTH AMERICA
Quariwarmi (Peru,Chile)
EUROPE
Femminello (Neapolitan)
S...
Utilizing A
Theoretical
Framework
Bilodeau’s Trans Identity Model (2003)
• Uses a modified version of D’Augelli’s
Life Span Model of LGB Development
(1994)
...
Queer Theory (1990)
• Stems most visibly from subcultural
and political activism
• i.e. civil rights movement, gay
liberat...
Critical Race Theory (CRT)
• Grew from political and legal
frameworks
• Offers a radical lens to deconstruct
and challenge...
Student Narratives
What Students Had to Say
● Concerns with housing:
○ dorm placement
○ dorm bathrooms
● Safety
○ during travel
○ in the coun...
Colleague Narratives
What Colleagues Had to Say
● Not yet a mainstream topic/concern
● Bathrooms are not gender neutral
● Opportunity to offer ...
Study Abroad
Journey
Housing Accommodations
Health/Medical Needs
Safety Abroad
FYIs
Housing Accommodations
• Application
• gender neutral housing option
• demographic markers
•
• Physical Space
• halls, apa...
Health/Medical Needs
• Access to ...
• medical facilities
• hormone treatments
• insurance
• Local LGBTQ/SOGI life
• unive...
Safety Needs
Suffered physical or sexual violence:
at work: 64-65%
at school (any level): 63-78%
----
Discrimination, vict...
FYIs
Recruitment/Admissions
Academics and Faculty Preparation
Developing Partnerships
Social and Cultural Programs
Travel ...
Changing Our Practice
Start a Conversation!
Questions
Contact Information
John Carrion (he, him, his)
Email: johndcarrion@nyu.edu
Jacquis Watters (she, her, hers)
Ema...
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Here's the T: Trans* Students and Inclusive Practices Abroad

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As study abroad opportunities continue to expand, how can international education administrators make the study abroad experience accessible, safe, and meaningful for transgender and gender non-conforming identified students? How does race and sexual identity intersect with a trans* identity? During this session, we’ll explore methods for engaging trans* students seeking to go abroad, with an emphasis on housing accommodations, health/medical needs, and safety. Using theory, case studies, and personal narratives from transgender and gender non-conforming students, we’ll offer inclusive and transferable implementation practices you can use, from marketing/application to pre-departure, exchange, and re-entry.

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Here's the T: Trans* Students and Inclusive Practices Abroad

  1. 1. Here’s the T Trans Students and Inclusive Practices Abroad
  2. 2. Presenter Introductions John Carrion (he, him, his) Assistant Director of Global Housing Administration at New York University Jacquis Watters (she, her, hers) Assistant Director for Diversity and Intercultural Development at Maryland Institute College of Art Executive Board Member, National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
  3. 3. Why are We Here “To address issues significant to LGBTQ students is not to alter the agenda, but to be more inclusive to the real needs of the participants.” - NAFSA: Association of International Educators - Rainbow Special Interest Group, 2008
  4. 4. Learning Outcomes ● Gain a basic understanding of Trans students’ identity and definitions associated with the Trans umbrella ● Gain effective tools to implementing Trans inclusive practices into study abroad processes ● Be able to assist Trans and gender variant students in reframing their abroad experience; especially around housing, health, and safety
  5. 5. Agenda Trans/Gender Variant Living Language Utilizing A Theoretical Framework Narratives from Students and Colleagues Addressing the Study Abroad Journey Q&A
  6. 6. Trans/Gender Variant Living Language
  7. 7. Gender Binary: A system of viewing gender as consisting solely of two, opposite categories, termed “man” and “woman”, in which no other possibilities for gender or anatomy are believed to exist Gender Expression/Presentation: The external manifestation of one’s gender identity through clothing, hairstyle, voice, body shape, demeanor, social behavior and other factors Gender Identity: One’s internal sense of being man, woman, neither of these, both, or other gender (s); For transgender people, their sex assigned at birth and their gender identity are not necessarily the same Genderqueer: An identity commonly used by people who do not identify within the gender binary; Those who identify as genderqueer may identify as neither man or woman, may see themselves as outside of or in between the binary gender boxes, or may simply feel restricted by gender labels Trans/Gender Variant Living Language
  8. 8. Sex Assigned At Birth: The assignment and classification of people as male, female, or intersex Transgender/Trans: Encompassing term of many gender identities of those who do not identify or exclusively identify with their sex assigned at birth; The term transgender is not indicative of sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, or how one is perceived in daily life Trans: Prefix or adjective used as an abbreviation of transgender; Many consider trans/trans* to be the most inclusive and useful umbrella term Transition: A person’s process of developing and assuming a gender expression to match their gender identity Transsexual: A depreciated (generational) term describing someone who undergoes transition within the gender binary Trans/Gender Variant Living Language
  9. 9. Trans Umbrella
  10. 10. NORTH AMERICA Two Spirit (US, Mexico) Muxe (Mexico) SOUTH AMERICA Quariwarmi (Peru,Chile) EUROPE Femminello (Neapolitan) Sworn Virgins (Balkan) AFRICA Ashtime (Ethiopia) Mashoga (Kenya) ASIA Hjra (India) Kathoey (Thailand) Waria (Indonesia) Fakaleiti (Tonga)
  11. 11. Utilizing A Theoretical Framework
  12. 12. Bilodeau’s Trans Identity Model (2003) • Uses a modified version of D’Augelli’s Life Span Model of LGB Development (1994) Existing A Traditionally Gendered Identity Developing A Personal Transgender Identity Developing A Transgender Social Identity Becoming a Transgender Offspring Developing A Transgender Intimacy Status Entering A Transgender Community • Participants were trans-identified college students
  13. 13. Queer Theory (1990) • Stems most visibly from subcultural and political activism • i.e. civil rights movement, gay liberation • What is that historical development? • modernism • structuralism • post-structuralism & postmodernism • Traces the historical development of social concepts that are responsible for shaping the definitions of “sex” and “gender.” • expression//identity vs biological sex • cisgender • trans* • ask me about my asterisk • Identity politics, non-conformity, and influence of dominant heteronormative binary
  14. 14. Critical Race Theory (CRT) • Grew from political and legal frameworks • Offers a radical lens to deconstruct and challenge structural neutrality (racism is ordinary not aberrational) • examines issues around race, racial identity and racism • Storytelling • explores hegemonic narratives of power and privilege • explores counter narratives from marginalized racial identities • Recognizes that there is not one simplistic, unitary identity • notion of intersectionality (coined by Kimberle Crenshaw)
  15. 15. Student Narratives
  16. 16. What Students Had to Say ● Concerns with housing: ○ dorm placement ○ dorm bathrooms ● Safety ○ during travel ○ in the country(ies) ○ harassment ● Outing and Understanding ● Local LGBTQ life ● The excitement of visiting a new country
  17. 17. Colleague Narratives
  18. 18. What Colleagues Had to Say ● Not yet a mainstream topic/concern ● Bathrooms are not gender neutral ● Opportunity to offer gender neutral housing but uptake is not sufficient to be practical ● Students may not disclose the information
  19. 19. Study Abroad Journey Housing Accommodations Health/Medical Needs Safety Abroad FYIs
  20. 20. Housing Accommodations • Application • gender neutral housing option • demographic markers • • Physical Space • halls, apartments, and/or bedrooms • bathrooms • ● Communication ● Option is potentially available ● Safety concerns will be met • Staff Training • residence life • campus security • facilities and maintenance • international affairs • homestays (if you utilize them)
  21. 21. Health/Medical Needs • Access to ... • medical facilities • hormone treatments • insurance • Local LGBTQ/SOGI life • university/community center • peer support/mentor groups • social environment • Mental health • therapy • medication • Training/Awareness • local medical staff awareness • local medical staff sensitivity
  22. 22. Safety Needs Suffered physical or sexual violence: at work: 64-65% at school (any level): 63-78% ---- Discrimination, victimization, or violence by law enforcement: 57-61% ---- Doctor or healthcare provider refused to treat them: 60% • Educating Our Students • orientations • local community • local customs • local laws • reality of “checking” oneself • medical support
  23. 23. FYIs Recruitment/Admissions Academics and Faculty Preparation Developing Partnerships Social and Cultural Programs Travel Locations Travel Security Progression of Title IX
  24. 24. Changing Our Practice Start a Conversation!
  25. 25. Questions Contact Information John Carrion (he, him, his) Email: johndcarrion@nyu.edu Jacquis Watters (she, her, hers) Email: jwatters@mica.edu

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