Teaching and Justice

Instructional Resources to Support Transgender Students

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center

The Reinert Center is committed to delivering programs, services, and instructional resources that support inclusive teaching at Saint Louis University. By inclusive teaching, we mean “the intentional use of course design and teaching methods to create equitable learning environments where all learners can be successful, regardless of differences in identity, background, and ability” (Lohe, 2016). Below are two instructional resources to help support the inclusion of transgender students in our classrooms and learning communities.

Digital Transgender Archive

Managed at the College of the Holy Cross, a Jesuit institution in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) “expands access to trans history for academics and independent researchers alike in order to foster education and dialogue concerning trans history” (DTA, 2018). The site is an excellent resource for curating instructional materials relating to a variety of transgender themes and topics in any course. It is also a credible site to share with students who may be interested in exploring transgender history and identity for research-based assignments. You can access the digital archive by clicking here [LINK].

Trans* in College (2017)

Z. Nicolazzo’s recent book Trans* in College focuses on transgender students’ strategies for navigating campus life and the institutional politics of inclusion. Drawing upon ethnographic research and nine in-depth interviews with transgender students, Nicolazzo gives voice to the experiences of an underrepresented and understudied student population in higher education. The book is filled with incredibly useful terminology, definitions, and stories that will benefit any instructor who wants to learn more about transgender identity and work to create classroom spaces that support transgender students’ success. It is an invaluable resource.

If you would like to discuss these resources to support the inclusion of transgender students, you can schedule a teaching consultation with someone from the Reinert Center by clicking here [LINK]. To learn more about additional resources to support inclusive teaching and learning, visit our website by clicking here [LINK].



Digital Transgender Archive (2018, July 9). About: Overview. Retrieved from https://www.digitaltransgenderarchive.net/about/overview

Lohe, D. (2016, August 3). Inclusive teaching: Reflections on the Reinert Center’s 2016-2017 theme [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://www.slu.edu/blogs/cttl/2016/08/03/inclusive-teaching-reflections-on-the-reinert-centers-2016-2017-theme/