Trans@WM

If there’s one thing I’ve discovered from my project, it’s that accessibility is key. Having resources available to transgender students (or even LGBT in general) is all well and good, but if students don’t know they exist, what’s the point in having them? We need to ask ourselves how students at William and Mary primarily find information. My understanding is that they would type whatever they want to find information about into the search box on wm.edu. When I searched “transgender,” a link to LGBT resources came up on the second page (after my blog posts might I add). Searching “trans” yielded no relevant results. “LGBT” yielded essentially the same result as “transgender”- the Lambda Alliance’s list of LGBT resources. The list is a great start in the right direction. It’s comprehensive and specifically geared toward LGBT students. But it’s far below what other schools are doing for transgender students. Below is a list of things other schools have done that William and Mary should consider implementing:

[Read more…]

Resources on college campuses for Transgender students- 2nd post

At this point in my research, I have gone through my entire list of schools filling in information I found easily. I also started going back through my list filling in missing information or recording area-appropriate contact info. After getting this far into my project, I’ve realized that I am unsatisfied with the direction I was taking it in. After finding this information, I don’t feel confident enough in the scope and depth of my rating system to create the database I had planned to. My problems especially showed themselves in the gender change and private bathroom categories. I also don’t feel confident in determining how important specific categories are or should be.

[Read more…]

College Resources for Transgender Students- Start of Research

I started my research (finally) this week. I got off to slow start, but things are beginning to pick up. After some contemplation and discussion, I decided to take my research in the direction of compiling a database for transgender high school students to assist in their college searches. With this in mind, I have also collected some basic data such as school size, location, setting, and status (private vs. public). I also think this will help me distinguish differences in who’s doing the most to be accommodating to trans and gender-nonconforming students, in terms of northern schools or private schools, etc.

[Read more…]

Abstract: An Investigation of Resources Available to Transgender College Students

The transgender population is one that is overlooked in a lot of ways, and as a result, I feel that I should use my privilege as a non-transgender student to fight for their support from college administrations. The intention behind my project is to create a snapshot of the progress American colleges have made, and in turn still need to make, in terms of transgender activism. My primary investigation question is: what progress has been made in the implementation of transgender resources on college campuses, and what still needs to be focused on by activists? I have two hopes for the possible use of my findings. The first is to create a starting point for activists in the future, especially college students, in determining where to focus their efforts. The second goal is to start a database for transgender high school students to use during their college searches to determine which campuses are trans-friendly.

[Read more…]