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    ‘The Cistem Isn’t Built For Me’: A Collaborative Thesis With the Colorado College Trans Community by Perry, Grace Nicole

    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.