Transgender Students in Higher Education
By Abbie E. Goldberg
Previous research shows that transgender students experience discrimination and harassment in college, which may have implications for their academic success and retention. However, a report commissioned by the Williams Institute finds that the presence of transgender-inclusive policies and support systems on campus lend transgender students a greater sense of belonging and more positive perceptions of the academic environment.
The current report explores existing research and presents new findings from interviews, surveys and focus groups conducted with transgender college students. The new findings focus on the institutional structures and interpersonal interactions that enforce biases or support transgender students.
The report concludes with ten recommendations to institutions of higher education on how to create more transgender-inclusive campus communities.