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Suzanne Franco (Committee Chair), Jill Lindsey (Other), Duvivier Roxanne (Committee Member), Mcginley Sarah (Committee Member)

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Master of Arts (MA)


The number of transgender students on college campuses has been increasing throughout the United States (Schneider,2010). Transgender students face unique concerns in nearly every aspect of campus life. The purpose of this research was to examine the college experiences of transgender students and recommend best practices for making college campuses more welcoming for transgender students. This phenomenological study was conducted using open ended interview questions to collect qualitative data from three transgender students at a large four year public institution in the Midwest. Respondents identified unwelcoming messages in the following areas of campus life: student activities, health services, and through the dichotomization of gender on university forms. Nine recommendations for best practices in creating a welcoming campus environment for transgender students are included in the discussion section of this thesis.

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Department or Program

Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations

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