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Lecture: Financial Aid Reform and LGBTQ Students: How Recent Proposals to Alter Student Borrowing Could Impact Queer and Transgender College Students

Thursday, April 18, 2019
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

The Spring 2019 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "Financial Aid Reform and LGBTQ Students: How Recent Proposals to Alter Student Borrowing Could Impact Queer and Transgender College Students" and will be presented by Timothy Bussey (he/him/his).

Synopsis: In December 2017, a bill—the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity Through Education Reform Act (also known as the PROSPER Act)—was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. After being referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the PROSPER Act passed through its committee on a party-line vote. Even so, it was not brought to the floor the House of Representatives for a vote. This particular bill, which is the latest attempt at higher education and financial aid reform, would have significantly restructured a number of things for college students. In this talk, attendees will learn about the recently proposed legislative landscape for reforming financial aid and higher education law, and there will be a particular emphasis on how this could impact LGBTQ college students. More specifically, this talk will explore how a bill like the PROSPER Act could impact access to and support within higher education for LGBTQ students. Additionally, a discussion about the specific impact of the PROSPER Act will also be provided, particularly since this bill may be re-introduced to the House of Representatives in 2019. Finally, a discussion about how to stay aware of such legislation will conclude the talk.

Biography: Timothy R. Bussey, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kenyon College, where he specializes in supporting the college’s LGBTQ+ students. A recent graduate from the Dept. of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, he completed his doctoral dissertation on the histories of queer and trans exclusion from the American military and intelligence communities from World War I to present. While at the University of Connecticut, he also taught for both the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and the Rainbow Center. Recently, he has been focusing on writing accessible articles on LGBTQ+ political and public policy issues, such as transgender voting rights and the impact of financial aid reform on queer and transgender students. His recent work is available through The Conversation and The Gay & Lesbian Review.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


Rainbow Center (primary), Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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