higher ed

Quick Tip: Provide Pads & Tampons in the Men's Restroom

Image of a small container attached to a bathroom mirror containing pads and tampons.

Looking for an easy way to make an impact for trans people on your campus? Check out this resource that was added to the men's restroom in my building today. It's a small container attached to the mirror with pads and tampons in it. This is a fantastic way to acknowledge and serve the needs of trans men, transmasculine genderqueer folks, nonbinary people who were assigned female at birth, and others on these spectra.

Multi-Stall All-Gender Restrooms: A Resource Master Post

Sinks in an all-gender restoom.

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Colorado Boulder, two sets of permanent multi-stall all-gender restrooms were constructed. This construction marked the end to years of advocacy from staff and students who came before me and my peers, and since my graduation has continued onward with the construction of two more sets.

Disrupting Inclusion: Is Modifying Existing Structures Enough?

Logo for MPACE 2016: Innovate Create Disrupt

Last week I co-presented a workshop about gender norms at the Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers (MPACE) annual conference. This year's conference theme was "Innovate, Create, Disrupt," a message I took to heart as I co-developed an interactive presentation that sought not to share best practices or new knowledge, but to help participants uncover for themselves ideas about gender and gender roles that they may not have realized they held.

Balancing #SAgrad Life... With Kittens

Henney, one of the first dogs I walked when volunteering with Best Friends.

When I moved to Salt Lake City to begin my master’s degree in Student Affairs at the University of Utah, I knew I wanted to get involved in the community off-campus as well. I had done a lot of leadership work on and off-campus during my undergraduate degree and the years after, and couldn’t imagine life without involvement. But with a full-time course load and graduate assistantship, I decided that this was a good time to step back from leadership in my volunteering and learn something new at the same time.

3 Minute Thesis Competition Talk

On October 26, I had the opportunity and pleasure to compete in the University of Utah's annual 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. 3MT was founded at the University of Queensland in Australia and is a TED Talk-style competition in which graduate students share their thesis or dissertation work in a way that would be understandable to a lay audience, using no more than three minutes and one static slide.

Respecting Gender Identity on College Campuses

What is the "gender binary" and how does it affect students on college campuses? Last week in a class for my student affairs graduate program, myself and about a dozen higher education administrators and faculty were asked just that. For many participants, this was the first time it occurred to them that they might have had a transgender student in one of their classes or utilizing their campus office.

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