The Transgender Community on Campus: Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population (EDU518B)

Presented By: Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 60 minutes
  • Wed, May 23, 2018
Event Description

Acquire the Knowledge, Skills & Competencies to Support Your Transgender Students

Research clearly indicates that members of the transgender community experience stigma, prejudice, and discrimination on a daily basis and that the intimidating and stressful social environment they constantly encounter precipitates mental and emotional health problems. In fact, incidence of mental and emotional diagnoses among this community exceeds other populations – and this is not expected to change given the current political and cultural climate.

Meeting the mental and emotional health needs of the transgender community should be a priority for anyone in higher education concerned about recruitment, retention-to-graduation, and job placement of all students, and especially those in this unique and vibrant population. Not only is it our obligation as professionals and concerned human beings to help these individuals better navigate the often unfriendly and even hostile environments they encounter on a daily basis, but the better we understand and respond to their complex needs, the more we reinforce the intrinsic value of what we provide to an increasingly diverse society. This also has financial implications as the enhanced recruitment, retention and placement adds significantly to the fiscal viability of colleges and universities.

Appropriately meeting the needs of the transgender community also serves to help institutions avoid costly litigation and other problems that inevitably arise on campus when the needs of these individuals are not met in a satisfactory manner. After attending this session, you will be much better equipped to understand, and respond to, the unique mental health and emotional needs of the transgender community.

In this session, higher education consultant Aaron W. Hughey will cover all aspects of meeting the needs of the transgender college students at all levels by all members of the campus community (faculty, staff, administrators, peers) at all types of institutions. Hughey will provide evidence-based best practices for meeting the comprehensive needs of the Transgender population in higher education.

You will acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to work more effectively with the transgender student population. You will learn how to meet their mental and emotional needs by employing evidence-based best practices, to help them effectively overcome the discrimination they experience in educational institutions and employment settings. You will acquire skills to help your students successfully negotiate relevant legal and ethical concerns. This session will also address the potential consequences of not responding to the unique needs of the transgender community.

You will be able to immediately utilize the strategies discussed during this session to better serve the transgender population at your institution. Specifically, you will be able to instantly employ insights into how you can better develop and enhance transgender-affirming policies, particularly in the areas of housing, restrooms, and locker rooms; fraternities andsororities; intramural sports; records and official documents; and addressing sexual assault and harassment.

Session Highlights

This session will cover:

  • The experiences related to transgender and non-confirming youth, including the correct way to address and communicate with transgender students
  • Mental and emotional issues unique to the transgender community
  • How the transgender community is discriminated against in educational institutions and employment settings and the biases they encounter on a daily basis
  • Specific mental and emotional diagnoses prevalent among the transgender community
  • What the mental, emotional and social needs of the transgender community are and how to meet them
  • Legal and ethical concerns unique to the transgender community
  • How to develop and implement transgender-inclusive facilities
  • Best practices for meeting the mental and emotional needs of the transgender community
  • The potential consequences of not meeting the mental and emotional needs of the transgender community

Who Should Attend

Anyone at any level who works or interacts with the Transgender community would benefit from the insights that will be provided through this webinar. It is especially appropriate for those who provide direct services and programs to this population, including:

  • Academic Administrators
  • Student Affairs Professionals
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Department Heads, Directors
  • Associate/Assistant Directors
  • Professional Counselors and Therapists
  • Career Counselors
  • Admissions Counselors
  • Financial Aid Counselors
  • Housing and Residence Hall Professionals
  • Student Activities Professionals
  • Judicial Affairs Professionals
  • Academic Advisors
  • Office and Clerical Staff
  • Practicum and apprenticeship coordinators
  • Retention specialists
  • Alumni affairs professionals

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He is also a member of the President's Task Force on Student Retention at WKU. Before joining the faculty in 1991, ... More info