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Lecture: Best Practices to Support Trans* College Students

Thursday, February 18, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Kelly Garrett, entitled, "Best Practices for Supporting Trans Students on College Campuses."

Many universities have been working on developing polices and support networks for trans students over the last several years. Each campus experiences its own challenges in overcoming structural, institutional and cultural barriers that exist. Although many campuses have been making change proactively, best practice guidelines continue to shift as we become more knowledgeable about the needs of trans students on campus. In addition to political and policy changes happening on and off campus, language is shifting as well. This interactive presentation will look at how to navigate challenges and barriers to developing supportive policies and structures and how to continue to stay up to date with the most current best practices being developed. We will also explore the role of cisgender allies in creating supportive policies, practices and climates on campus.

Kelly Garrett is the Director of the LGBTQ Center at Brown University. She received her M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she specialized in teaching about issues of Racism, Heterosexism and Ableism. She has been working in the field of Campus Life/Student Affairs for over 20 years and has been providing direct support services and leadership development to LGBTQ students and allies for over 16 years, first as the Assistant Director of LGBT Affairs at the University of Michigan and now in her current position at Brown. In addition to her work in Student Affairs she has taught Social Justice Education courses at the University of Michigan, the University of Massachusetts and Brown University.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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