Creating respect and equity for transgender students in our classrooms

Jennifer Silcox
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Margaret Robinson
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty, staff and graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) all work hard to be inclusive in their teaching. However, issues of sexual identity and gender is not something many educators think about in their daily lives. Students in our classrooms are more aware than ever of who they are, are comfortable and encouraged to voice their gender and sexual identities, and want to see their own experiences reflected in their learning environments. In fact, research shows that inclusive and supportive environments for LGBTQ students not only improves outcomes for those who identify as LGBTQ, but also for all students. While students may feel comfortable discussing and approaching these issues, many faculty, staff and TAs may be unsure how to incorporate these lived experiences and perspectives into their teaching. This workshop will focus on understanding gender from an LGBTQ perspective, and help educators to begin to think about how their actions and the class spaces they create impact students learning. This environment is a safe space where participants are encouraged to discuss their own experiences, approaches, and even hesitation with incorporating this topic into their teaching. 

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Killam Library, Room B400




Jill Marie McSweeney, IDPhD Candidate
Educational Developer, Centre for Learning and Teaching
Dalhousie University
Killam Library, Room G90
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H4R2
(p) 902-494-4300
(c) 902-403-8580