In this presentation, Dr. Singh describes the empirically-based components of queer and trans resilience that UNT faculty, staff, and students can use to create affirming and liberatory spaces at UNT for LGBTQ+ communities. In doing so, she reviews the history and development of LGBTQ+ affirming approaches on university campuses and the extensive health inequities that queer and trans people experience in higher education that influence their overall well-being. Attention to the multiple interlocking systems of power, privilege, and oppression are addressed in order to identify advocacy and liberation strategies UNT community members can use to counter anti-LGBTQ+ bias as part of manifesting the beloved community on campus.
As a result of this session higher education professionals will:
- Learn (3) major empirically-based components of queer and trans resilience.
- Describe how to apply these (3) major empirically based components of queer and trans resilience to supporting queer and trans communities at UNT.
- Identify (3) advocacy and liberation strategies UNT faculty, staff, and students can use to counter anti-queer and trans bias.
Anneliese Singh, PhD, LPC (she/they) is a Professor and Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development/Chief Diversity Officer at Tulane University. Her scholarship and community organizing explores racial healing and racial justice, as well as the resilience, trauma, and identity development experiences of queer and trans people, with a focus on young people and BIPOC people. Anneliese is the author of The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing and The Queer and Trans Resilience Workbook. Anneliese is co-founder of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition and the Trans Resilience Project. Dr. Singh is @anneliesesingh on Twitter and Instagram, and her website is www.anneliesesingh.com. In 2009, Anneliese co-founded the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition to work on the intersection of heterosexism, racism, sexism, and other oppressions in Georgia schools. She also founded the Trans Resilience Project to translate findings from her nearly 20 years of research on the resilience that trans and nonbinary people develop across the lifespan and across multiple identities to navigate societal oppression. Anneliese is currently working on an NIH-funded longitudinal multi-site (Atlanta, New York, San Francisco) grant investigating trans identity development, risk, and resilience, as well as a collaborative PCORI grant developing a southeastern trans research and education network. Her TEDx Talk, titled "Trans Liberation is for Everybody" explored gender liberation for cis and trans people. Anneliese passionately believes in and strives to live by the ideals of Dr. King’s beloved community, as well as Audre Lorde’s reminder that “without community, there is no liberation."