Emerging Research on Queer & Trans-Spectrum Students across Higher Education

Emerging Research on Queer & Trans-Spectrum Students across Higher Education


Tyler Clementi Center 2017 Academic Colloquium. On October 26, 2017, the Tyler Clementi Center of Rutgers University will host a daylong Academic Colloquium to highlight critical research on queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum student experiences in higher education. The program will feature a presentation of findings from the largest and first-ever meta-analysis of queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum student experiences in the history of American higher education, comparing national datasets from the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University Bloomington, the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, the SERU-AAU Consortium led by UC-Berkeley and U-MN, the American College Health Association and Rankin & Associates.

Collectively, these findings represent the responses of 78,798 queer-spectrum students and 8,361 trans-spectrum students at 1,291 institutions. Additional Colloquium presentations will address the complexities in conducting survey research with queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students, the challenges of translating research to effective policy and practice and the climate for queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students within different institutional settings (HBCUs, faith-based institutions, 2yr institutions.)

Allison BrckaLorenz, a research analyst for NSSE and project manager for FSSE, will represent the Center for Postsecondary Research by presenting results and her experiences working with NSSE data to research queer and trans-spectrum student experiences. She will share considerations, challenges, and what NSSE has learned about writing survey questions about student identity. She will additionally share NSSE findings about queer and trans-spectrum students’ perceptions of campus climate, their engagement in activities such as student-faculty interaction and reflective and integrative learning, and their participation in high-impact educational practices.

Please visit the Tyler Clementi Center’s website for more information on the presenters, schedule or to register: http://clementicenter.rutgers.edu/events/tcc-colloquium/.  Registration is currently open. The rate for in-person attendance is $25 for faculty/staff/campus visitors and free for Rutgers University students and Livestream attendance. Livestream access will be provided free-of-charge at the time of registration.

The event is sponsored by the Tyler Clementi Center, Rutgers University Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Rutgers University Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the Rutgers University Committee to Advance our Common Purposes and the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. The Tyler Clementi Center was established in 2013, in memory of the Rutgers University freshman who died by suicide following a series of bias incidents targeting his sexual orientation. The Tyler Clementi Center conducts research on the impact of bias, peer aggression and campus climate on stigmatized student populations within higher education.