First Advisor

Eric Mankowski

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and University Honors




Transgender college students -- Social conditions, Transgender college students -- Attitudes, Universities and colleges -- Faculty, Gender identity in education




Transgender people in the United States experience mistreatment and discrimination, as well as harassment and violence, at much higher rates than the general population. In university classrooms specifically, it is possible that less conspicuous forms of prejudice-based behavior are even more common. Though past research addresses transgender college students’ perceptions of peer and faculty support (Pryor, 2015) this support cannot be adequately provided if faculty lack an accurate understanding of the issues transgender students face. In hopes of providing better support for transgender students, the present study utilizes semi-structured, one-on-one interviews with students and faculty to better understand the overlap between faculty perceptions of issues faced by transgender students in the classroom and the reality experienced by transgender students. Student and faculty ideas for addressing these issues are also presented.


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