I need your stories for a conference taking place on March 7th. Below is a selection from my proposal.
Many students suffer with what American trans woman rights activist, Janet Mock, refers to as “coming to the road of disclosure.” Because of the very real dangers some students face, they either have a fear of disclosing information about themselves, or aren’t afforded the opportunities and “safe spaces” to do so. This is true both inside and outside of the classroom. In the time that I’ve been teaching, I have found a vast majority of my coworkers to be severely lacking in one thing, and that’s empathy. I consistently encounter attitudes that strike me as being totally indifferent to the varied experiences of our students. Many instructors have revealed their unwillingness to make small changes, even if the innovation could potentially lead to better practice and a more capable student community. Just as doctors have the potential to heal the body, teachers have the potential to not only aid in intellectual development, but also to make or break the spirit. My hope is to give voice to the importance of building intercultural empathy and non-binary visibility in first-year writing discourse. If teachers are lacking in the ability to empathize with persons of different backgrounds, beliefs or orientations, students will be lacking as well. Empathetic instruction is vital in both shattering the silence, and correcting the potentially harmful, socialized behaviors that result from a prescriptive academic discourse. ©
Over the past several weeks, I’ve been collecting stories and commentary, from both current and former students, about their experiences with teachers whom they consider to be lacking in empathetic behaviors and methods.
In this seminar, I intend to discuss how empathy and respect affect student success. Utilizing the experiences and concepts of the non-traditional/high-risk student, I hope to develop strategies to strengthen course policies and assignments. My belief is that these individual experiences can be productive factors in the active learning environment.
I’m tired of instructors dominating educational discourse! If you have a story or related idea to share, please contact me here on Tumblr by March 3rd. If I decide to use your story, proper credit will be given upon request.
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MtF Subject for Documentary Film
I am a documentary filmmaker who has spent the the last fifteen years working in the film industry and shining a light on women’s issues. Most recently, I produced the theatrically released award-winning documentary film, SPINNING PLATES.
My current feature length documentary film, PASSING: Living as Me, will follow two transitioning individuals over the course of 1.5 years. This film is meant to be educational while embodying a tone of inspiration and acceptance.
My producer and I are looking for an individual in the very early stages of transitioning from male to female. We are based out of Los Angeles so we would prefer someone who is located in Southern California, however, we are open to anyone who would like to share their experiences. In addition, we are focusing on adults and need someone who is between the ages of 25 - 50.
Thank you for your time.
More information is available upon request.
Transgender and gender nonconforming individuals (age 14-30) needed for health research! (online survey)
The online survey is designed to capture a range of experiences associated with growing up as transgender or gender nonconforming. We plan to use this information to help other researchers, clinicians, and doctors become better informed of the developmental needs of transgender and gender nonconforming youth and young adults.
The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The survey will ask very sensitive questions, including but not limited to, gender and sexuality.
Participants who complete the survey will be offered the chance to enter a raffle for one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards (odds of winning are approximately 1 in 75).
Please consider taking the survey today and please share with others you know who are transgender or gender nonconforming and age 14 to 30!
To learn more about participating in this the research study, please go to:
Laura Kuper, MA
Department of Psychology at University of Illinois at Chicago
I think that I am gonna start a podcast.That way I can do a range of different things, like answering questions, interviewing people about trans stuff and yada yada yada and reach a wider public. I want to help change the world so I need to find new venues. I want to be the next Laverne Cox and Janet Mock. Thats my goal in life, along with being a police officer. But thats another story.
What do you guys think? Yay or nay?
I Think The Comedy Blog Is A Go!
But what should the name be?
Im thinking about making a blog thats about the funny side of being trans. Theres too much on the negative, in my opinion. If I made the blog, would you guys follow and submit and yadda, yadda, yadda? It would be stuff about getting confused looks when you walked out of the mens bathroom before you had the courage to go into the womans but you looked all female. Stuff like that, which happened to me all the time when I started hormones. Haha.
But what do you all think? Is is a go?