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Trans and Nonbinary Inclusion in Public Higher Education

May 13, 2022 from 11:15 am to 11:45 am

Speaker: Monica Dee Ellis (they)

This presentation will offer participants simple and direct methods to engage information systems as a consumer to increase the academic inclusion, success, and completion experiences of trans and non-binary students in higher education. I will identify ways to center and apply the specific needs that are most meaningful to trans and non-binary students in their academic ecosystems. I will demonstrate how to distinguish this knowledge from the gender inclusion messaging portrayed in advertisements, recruitment materials, and outreach. Students and their supporters will be empowered with tools and resources that will contribute to more informed decision-making and better outcomes for Trans and Non-Binary higher education consumers in the future. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define 3 ways to search publicly available information to determine if an institution of higher learning actually meets the needs of their trans and non binary students
  2. Identify 3 campus culture factors on a college or university website that tell the true gender inclusion story most recruiters don’t want you to know 
  3. Apply the one key mechanism that can help predict the future likelihood a school will really remain committed to the work of trans and non binary inclusion after a student is admitted   


Monica Dee Ellis (they)

Monica is a queer, non-binary neurodivergent writer, researcher, poet, multi-media artist, inclusion activist, advocate, and a returning student in love with learning and information. Monica works as a Human Operating System in Time (HOST) and is a catalyst for individual and systemic change.