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‘The Cistem Isn’t Built For Me’: A Collaborative Thesis With the Colorado College Trans Community

by Perry, Grace Nicole

Creator
  • Perry, Grace Nicole
Date Created
2019-05-05T23:00:40.344278
Date Issued
2019-05
Place
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Language
  • English
Subject
Topic
Genre
  • thesis
Abstract

This study used Photovoice—a participatory, community-based methodology—to explore the daily, lived experiences of trans students at Colorado College. Research revealed that, despite Colorado College’s institutional commitment to (trans)gender justice, current trans students continue to experience exclusion, erasure and fear on campus in structurally and interactionally gendered spaces. These pervasive adversities persist because of trans-exclusionary, macro ideologies (i.e., the gender binary, cisnormativity and trans aversion/phobia), which permeate even “inclusive” spaces. While some cisgender community members acted intentionally and affirmatively with trans students, such moments were exceptional, demonstrating the need to implement institutional policies which elicit trans inclusion on a micro-interactional level. This paper culminates with two specific examples of such policies proposed by participants: (1) institutionalize the college’s pronoun practice and (2) change the current policy surrounding legal names.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Administrative Notes

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
Copyright restrictions apply.
Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:31233
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
84 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Emily Schneider
Department/Program
Sociology
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2019-05