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Lecture: Needs of Trans Students @ UConn/Storrs

Thursday, April 21, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Barbara Gurr, John Zambrello, & Adam Kocurek, entitled, "Thriving or Merely Surviving? Assessing the Needs of Transgender, Gender-nonconforming, and Non-binary Students on the UConn, Storrs Campus."

In this presentation, researchers will share their findings from an ongoing study examining the needs of transgender, gender-nonconforming, and gender-nonbinary students on the Storrs campus. Data from interviews, examination of current policy and practice, and a preliminary survey reveal that gender minority students face unique challenges in our community, but also possess multiple strengths and skills in identifying and meeting their needs, often without institutional support or resources. Our preliminary research indicates that the University has made great strides in creating a campus that is friendly to the needs of gender minority students, but there are still several areas in need of immediate attention. In this presentation we share these findings as well as offer suggestions for improving the experiences of all our students on the UConn, Storrs campus.

John Zambrello is an senior year undergraduate student at UConn. He uses he/him/his pronouns and identifies as agender, which falls under the umbrella of transgender. John is double majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology with a minor in English. After graduating from UConn, John hopes to pursue a career in transgender advocacy and education.

Adam Kocurek is in his fourth year at UConn. He is double majoring in History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and minoring in English. Following graduation, he plans to pursue his Ph.D and work as an educator/researcher. He is currently working on his honors thesis and preparing for graduate school. Adam serves as a Resident Assistant, a Writing Center tutor, and a Violence Against Women Prevention Program Peer Facilitator. He also volunteers at a Spooner House and as a docent for the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, and has assisted with the paleobotany laboratory at Yale. He has worked on the Transgender/Gender-nonconforming/non-binary UConn project for two years.

Dr. Barbara Gurr is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at UConn. Her research focuses on two areas: race, gender, and sexuality in popular science fiction, particularly post-apocalyptic narratives; and the experiences of marginalized identities under the broad rubric of reproductive justice. She is the Principal Investigator of an ongoing study examining experiences for transgender, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary undergraduate students on the UConn, Storrs campus, a project that follows up on the work of Kim Cerullo, a recent graduate of UConn (2013).

Contact:

rainbowcenter@uconn.edu

Rainbow Center (primary), UConn Master Calendar

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