How gender inclusive is your campus? Are you including the “T” when you think about LGBTQA students? What policies, practices, and programs help foster a campus climate that is welcoming and inclusive of trans* and genderqueer student success? As more gender nonconforming students come to campus, the role of creating trans* inclusion often falls to student affairs.

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea Gasser connects with four experts, scholars, researchers, and student affairs educators to discuss trans* inclusion on campus.  Joining Heather are Genny Beemyn, Koda HendricksonZ Nicolazzo, and Petey Peterson.

Please read the detailed bios of the panelists below. We welcome questions throughout the show! Please tweet to #higheredlive or @higheredlive.

GennyGenny Beemyn, PhD, has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans people, particularly the lives of gender-nonconforming students. They have written or edited nine books/journal issues, including The Lives of Transgender People (with Sue Rankin; Columbia University Press, 2011) and special issues of the Journal of LGBT Youth on “Trans Youth” and “Supporting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children and Youth” and a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality on “LGBTQ Campus Experiences.” Genny’s most recent works are A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014) and the “Transgender History” chapter for Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (Oxford University Press, 2014). They are currently working on a book entitled Campus Queer: The Experiences and Needs of LGBTQ College Students (Johns Hopkins University Press). In addition to being the director of the Stonewall Center, Genny is the Trans Policy Clearinghouse coordinator for Campus Pride ( and an editorial board member and trans article reviewer for the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Genny has a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration. They are also an avid cross-country runner and like the challenge of biking up mountains. Connect with Genny on Twitter at @transauthor

IMG_6386Koda Hendrickson is passionate about meeting people where they are and helping move them forward along the path towards creating inclusive communities.  While at the University of Idaho they worked for the Human Rights, Access, & Inclusion Office as the Program Coordinator.  They worked closely with the LGBTQ Program Coordinator to rewrite and create a broad comprehensive Safe Zone Program for the Campus, including a workshop on creating Trans* inclusive spaces.  Koda also lead conversations on inclusive language and communities while at Green River Community College.  An activist at heart, Koda loves to gently agitate for change where ever they go.  At present Koda works from home creating wonderful works of art in their glass studio, rediscovering Spokane, WA, and hanging out with friends at a local trivia night.   Connect with Koda on Twitter @KodaTrailblazer

1398984292Z Nicolazzo is a fourth year doctoral student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Z has a MS in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Before coming to Miami University, Z worked professionally in student affairs at both Dartmouth College as a Complex Director with a collateral assignment in the Co-ed Fraternity and Sorority Office and The University of Arizona as a Violence Prevention Specialist in Campus Health Services and as a Coordinator in the Fraternity and Sorority Programs Office. Z’s dissertation study is an 18-month critical collaborative ethnography in which hir is working alongside nine trans* college students to explore what strategies they use to successfully navigate their collegiate environment.  Z has been published in the Journal of LGBT Youth and is currently co-editing a special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, which is set to come out in the fall of 2015.  Z’s work and activism focuses on trans* equity, feminisms, and alternative epistemologies and methodologies. Z enjoys cycling, reading, and spending time with hir dog, Grrtrude Anne. Connect with Z on Twitter at @trans_killjoy

Petey HeadshotPetey Peterson earned their M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Iowa State University in 2012, and a B.S. in Child, Adult, and Family Services & Communication Studies from Iowa State as well. For two years, Petey served as conference co-chair to the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (attracting over 1700 students from 22 states). During this time Petey also advised the Iowa State LGBT and Ally Alliance and was a Graduate Assistant and Equity and Social Justice Educator at the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center. Petey is a member of ACPA and currently serves on the Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness as the Equity Officer. They are also a member of the Consortium of Higher Education currently serving as the South/Southeast Regional Representative. Petey has been a program coordinator with LGBTQI Life since July of 2012. Outside of work they enjoy spending time with their two dogs, golfing, kayaking, and playing rec league softball and kickball. Connect with Petey on Twitter @Petey_Peterson

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 Organizations to follow, learn about, and support:

  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project ( — provides legal support and advocacy for incarcerated trans* people
  • Audre Lorde Project ( — centers work on trans* people of color
  • FIERCE ( — focuses on and is led by LGBTQ people of color


People to follow on Twitter

  • Reina Gossett (@reinagossett)
  • Che G. (@chegossett)
  • J. Skyler (@jskylerinc)
  • T.J. Jourian (@tjjourian)

Video to watch


Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_