October 18, 2015

Diversity in Academe: Transgender on Campus

As the transgender-rights movement spreads on college campuses and throughout society, our special report takes a closer look. Transgender people want to be able to freely express their gender identities, to use names and pronouns consistent with those identities, and to have access to gender-inclusive bathrooms, dormitories, locker rooms, and other facilities. And they want to be treated with dignity and respect.

Many colleges are expanding their notions of inclusiveness to address those concerns. But barriers remain, as some colleges discover that it can be logistically challenging, as well as costly, to make needed changes in infrastructure. Other colleges struggle to educate people about what it means to be transgender or gender fluid — a term used by those who identify as neither male nor female.

Our coverage features the voices of many transgender students and academics as they gain visibility on campuses and elsewhere.

As admissions offices struggle to accommodate those who don’t conform to standard gender roles, supportive administrators are forced to "find ways to meet students along the way."

Colleges are encountering challenges large and small as they strive to accommodate transgender students, faculty, and staff members.

Some institutions have begun to adjust campus protocols, including those used for registration and personal-data collection, to allow for fuller documentation of gender identities.

Perhaps even more so than other transgender students, athletes face tough choices, conflicting policies, and intense scrutiny.

Transgender and gender-nonbinary students share what keeps them from feeling safe and thriving on campus.

Results from the first national study of nonbinary trans students point to the types of changes colleges need to make.

They’ve demonstrated their resilence by making it to college. Now we must offer them the counseling and educational support they need to thrive.

Don’t be surprised if your gender transition is greeted with an amiable shrug, if not a yawn.

It may be tricky to talk about sexuality and gender in your neck of the woods. But when local community members come forward and ask for dignity and respect, you may be heartened by the response.

The history of gender in higher education shows that students who questioned the status quo tend to look more reasonable in hindsight than do their detractors.

You want trans and gender-noncomforming students to feel more comfortable on your campus? Start by hiring more trans faculty.

A sortable table that shows the percentages of full-time faculty members who were members of specific racial and ethnic groups at degree-granting colleges and universities in November 2011.