Master of Arts (MA)
In this study, using a qualitative approach, gender non-conforming students lived experience living on campus in the south is being investigated. “Trans* students remain largely invisible through college records as no data is collected consistently on their enrollment” (Nicolazzo, 2016 p. 539). Although this is true of all gender non-conforming students, it is even more relevant to those that attend universities in the Southeast. Gender non-conforming students are attending universities in higher numbers than every reported before and yet, student affairs still does not have a theory that relates to these students when teaching their graduate students. The psychological literature does not yet contain identity development models for each identity that falls under the rubric transgender, but models of transsexual and butch lesbian identity development have been put forth” (Levitt, H.M., Ippolioto, M.R., 2014 p. 1929). Thus, this research recommends how to help these students using Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model of Human Development.
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Shierling, Tiffany Marlene, "Gender Beyond Birth: Gender Non-Conforming Students Lived Experiences Residing On-Campus in the Southeast" (2017). LSU Master's Theses. 4535.