Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-03-16
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Book focuses on trans college student inclusion, experience
by Melissa Wasserman
2016-12-20

This article shared 1224 times since Tue Dec 20, 2016
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


College is already a difficult transition for most and Dr. Z Nicolazzo, Ph.D. ( preferred pronouns: ze and hir ) focuses on being transgender in college with hir first book Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion.

Nicolazzo is assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education and faculty associate in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Northern Illinois University ( NIU ). Hailing from New Hampshire, ze has traveled around the country, earning hir Ph.D. in student affairs in higher education and graduate certificate in women's, gender, and sexuality studies from Miami University; M.S. degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University; and a B.A. in philosophy from Roger Williams University.

Nicolazzo identifies as a non-binary trans fem individual. Before going back to start hir doctoral work full time, ze was working at the University of Arizona as a coordinator in the fraternity and sorority programs office. It was during that time ze came into hir own trans identity. Ze described it as a gender-binary office on a college campus and it was at a time when the state politics were quite dangerous for people on the margins.

"I didn't really have an understanding of what transgender even meant when I was in college, so clearly I couldn't identify in that way, and so I wanted to think about what it would be like to be trans in college," Nicolazzo said of hir experience, which is how ze got into hir area of interest. "That led me to the works I did with my participants to collect data and write this book. On top of that, I really wanted to do it from an affirmative perspective; to think about what are the ways that we're already succeeding because we know, anecdotally, that trans people are successful. What I was wondering is how can we problematize and think about what's wrong with our college environments, rather than saying what's wrong with trans people."

Nicolazzo's research focuses on gender, broadly, but specifically the work ze does is with transgender college students. Nicolazzo explained ze is focused on how transgender students can be understood through affirmative- and resilience-based approaches.

Previous research or scholarship that has been done, Nicolazzo said, has been deficit-based and has focused on ways that trans students are hurt, harmed, harassed and/or how they are not matching up to their cisgender or non-trans peers in college environments. Ze added there is also some scholarship that is not empirical and not research-based and there is a body of research that focuses on LGBT populations, but the "T" portion is small or non-existent.

"The work that I'm doing is trying to use appreciative inquiry models," said Nicolazzo. "I'm really looking at research with trans students, trying to think about how is it that we are making our own way and creating college environments that work for us when the environment was never really built with us in mind."

Trans* in College: Transgender Students' Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion was published in November 2016.

It includes Nicolazzo's personal gender journey, a review of literature about trans people in education, the research Nicolazzo did alongside nine transgender students at one particular Midwestern, urban institution and the participants' perspective, particularly if they were to imagine they had a captive audience of non-transgender students, faculty and staff, what they would say to them. This last piece, Nicolazzo added, was to give those transgender college students the final say because most of the time, trans students do not get the final word.

"The book itself is certainly for the educational community," said Nicolazzo. "I'm certainly writing toward faculty and staff of colleges, but the book is, I'm hoping, equally for trans students as well. So, my hope is trans students will be able to find this book, will be able to pick it up and will be able to see themselves reflected in the pages and might be able to help them feel less alone and a little more connected to community."

Ze did an 18-month study with these nine transgender college students. Ze described this research as ethnographic. Throughout, it is about how transgender college students navigated their environment successfully ( however they define that notion of success ).

"In some ways, I'm really excited to be the increase in visibility in trans lives and also thinking about the kind of plurality of our lives, but in other ways, I'm realizing that that visibility has an increased threat or harm in some ways," said Nicolazzo.

Nicolazzo remembered feeling alone and unable to come out at work when ze realized hir transgender identity. Taking a friend's advice, ze took to reading books by trans people, especially transwomen to get a sense of who ze was, a sense of what ze could be and who hir community was. Ze added, because of that experience and the research collected through hir doctoral program and dissertation process, ze wanted to be able to give back to students who also might be feeling similarly.

"For me, when I think about teaching, it's important to make sure that I'm talking about gender in expansive ways, even when the topic isn't solely gender," said Nicolazzo. "It's important for me to have trans authors and scholars represented through my syllabi and it's important to recognize that. It's important to talk about how gender mediates different topics we're discussing."

"I hope and I want for trans people to feel seen in ways that we largely haven't been seen through educational literature and really through literature, broadly speaking," said Nicolazzo. "I'm very excited for people who read the book to meet these participants. These participants are fantastic people and my hope is that folks who are not transgender will listen to the participants and will think more critically the way they need to. I think we need to unlearn the ways that we've been taught about gender. So, my hope is that people who aren't trans will continue to unlearn all of these binary notions of gender and that we will be able to work together to create more inclusive environments."

To learn more about Nicolazzo, visit: znicolazzo.weebly.com .


This article shared 1224 times since Tue Dec 20, 2016
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Actor/model David Pevsner challenges age and body stereotypes in recent book 2022-05-24
- When writing his recent book—Damn Shame: Desire, Defiance and Show Tunes—actor/model/filmmaker David Pevsner noticed three themes coming to the fore: body shame, sexuality and ageism. "All three of those are ...


Gay News

Gayla Turner talks new book uncovering her grandmother's secret queer identity 2022-05-23
- In Gayla Turner's debut book, Don't You Dare: Uncovering Lost Love (BookBaby, May 24), she reveals her Grandmother Ruby's (1896-1977) century-old secret queer identity that she hid from the wider world. This revelation became c ...


Gay News

HIV/AIDS activist Rae Lewis-Thornton on her new memoir, 'Unprotected' 2022-05-18
- Emmy-winning HIV/AIDS activist, author, minister, political organizer, motivational speaker, life coach, jewelry designer and social media figure Rae Clara Lewis-Thornton's recently released book, Unprotected: A Memoir, is already a pre-release ...


Gay News

TV Writer Joel Kim Booster, director Andrew Ahn take a trip to 'Fire Island' 2022-05-15
- Based on the classic Jane Austen book Pride and Prejudice, the new Fox Searchlight film Fire Island has an important story to tell LGBTQ+ audiences specifically. In that story, there are plenty of laughs along the ...


Gay News

BOOKS 'Tinderbox' author to appear in Palatine on June 14 2022-05-13
- Author Robert Fieseler will discuss his debut book—Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation—on Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Palatine's Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center, ...


Gay News

THEATER Underscore's 'Notes & Letters' running through May 28 2022-05-12
- Underscore Theatre Company celebrates its 10th-anniversary season with the world premiere of the musical Notes & Letters, which features book, music and lyrics by Annabelle Lee Revak (she/her) and is ...


Gay News

Book-signing for HIV/AIDS activist's 'Unprotected: A Memoir' on May 21 2022-05-05
-- From a press release - "I had been torn apart by the doings of others and blamed myself for surviving to the best of my ability. It would literally take decades for me to understand that I was the product of what happened to me." Emmy ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart announces change in leadership 2022-05-04
- Wil Brant is no longer executive director of Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. According to an open letter from board co-chairs James Conley and Kevin Nunley as well as Board Treasurer Becky Chmielewski, Brant "served in this ...


Gay News

'It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful' explores art collective's part in HIV/AIDS activism 2022-04-23
- In Jack Lowery's book, It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic, the historian shares how the art collective Gran Fury utilized community-made propaganda to address the HIV/AIDS ...


Gay News

Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project showcases 'History of Milwaukee Drag' starting June 27 2022-04-21
-- From a press release - Milwaukee, WI. - A History of Milwaukee Drag: Seven Generations of Glamour, by local historians Michail Takach and BJ Daniels, will be released Monday, June 27 by The History Press. For nearly 150 years, Milwaukee has ...


Gay News

Gay Latino techie Michael Sayman talks about his inspiring book, 'App Kid' 2022-04-17
- Michael Sayman is a key figure in Silicon Valley, having worked at Instagram, Google and, now, Twitter. However, he stands out in many ways. The twentysomething Sayman—an openly gay Latino—was only in his teens when he ...


Gay News

Indie Bookstore Crawl on Independent Bookstore Day April 30 2022-04-14
-- From a press release - Chicago, April 12, 2022 — It's back! Yet again, Chicagoland proves itself to be the dream destination for book lovers and readers of all ages! Nearly 40 independent bookstores in the greater Chicago area—from Lake Forest ...


Gay News

'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves' second edition out April 15 2022-04-11
-- From a press release - NEW YORK CITY, New York, MApril 11, 2022—The Trans Bodies, Trans Selves board is proud to announce the release of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves' second edition, published April 15, 2022. The Trans Bodies Trans Selvessecond edition ...


Gay News

Mary Lynn Rajskub: Actress/comedian discusses acting, sexuality in new book 2022-04-10
- Emmy-winning actresses and stand-up comedians who just finished publishing their new memoirs, while simultaneously embarking on their stand-up tours, rarely have moments to themselves. Thankfully, Mary Lynn Rajskub, best known for her work on the TV ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart Library and Archives holds 40th-anniversary event at Sidetrack 2022-04-09
- Gerber/Hart Library and Archives (Gerber/Hart) celebrated its 40th anniversary with a "40 & Fabulous! The Gerber/Hart Spring Soiree" benefit April 7—the birthday of one of the library's namesakes, Pearl Hart—at ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.