Gender Identity & Expression in Education Abroad

US Diversity 101

Course Description

Gender identity is an individual’s internal sense of their gender, which may be different from or the same as the person’s sex assigned at birth. In today’s US higher education system, educators must be prepared to support and provide services for trans or gender nonconforming students.

This e-learning short course provides relevant terminology related to transgender and gender non-conforming college students, their experiences, and transgender rights globally. 

Through this course, you will:

  • Learn terminology related to gender identity and expression 
  • Examine considerations, strategies and tips for supporting transgender students studying abroad.

Please note that all Diversity Abroad Short Courses are available for 7 days after purchase. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Genny  Beemyn
Genny Beemyn
Director Stonewall Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

About the instructor

Genny Beemyn is a leading expert on the experiences of trans people in the United States, particularly the lives of trans students, and on the development of trans-inclusive college policies and practices. They are the director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Trans Policy Clearinghouse coordinator for Campus Pride (

Genny has written or edited ten books/journal issues, including The Lives of Transgender People (with Sue Rankin; Columbia University Press, 2011) and special issues of the Journal of LGBT Youth on “Trans Youth” and “Supporting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children and Youth” and a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality on “LGBTQ Campus Experiences.” Genny's most recent works are A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014) and an issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies on “The Intersections of Trans Women and Lesbian Identities, Communities, and Movements” (2016). They are currently working on a book entitled Campus Queer: The Experiences and Needs of LGBTQ+ College Students (Johns Hopkins University Press) and an anthology entitled Outside the Gender Box: Trans People in Higher Education (SUNY Press). They are an editorial board member and trans article reviewer for the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, and the Journal of Homosexuality. Genny has a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration.

What's included?

1 Video
1 Text

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