"So, you're not doing this right": Perception Versus Reality of Transgender Students' Experiences at Portland State
Date of Award
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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Breyer, Charles N., ""So, you're not doing this right": Perception Versus Reality of Transgender Students' Experiences at Portland State" (2017). University Honors Theses. Paper 468.