Davey Shlasko Trans Allyship WorkbookFacilitator: Amy Gilgan, Gleeson Library
USF is becoming more diverse with students along the transgender spectrum and faculty members need skills to build inclusive classrooms. This book will provide an introduction to transgender identities, terminology and allyship practices. Possible discussion questions include: What are the needs of transgender students? What are the best practices around gender inclusivity in the classroom? What are the social justice foundations behind those practices? What are the different ways in which we can leverage our positionality to support transgender students? How does gender identity intersect with our other inclusive teaching practices?
Meeting Schedule:Friday, October 5th 2:30-3:45pm Friday, October 12th 2:30-3:45pmFriday, October 19th 2:30-3:45pm
Jason De Leon The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant TrailFacilitator: Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, School of Education
This book - an anthropological examination of the human cost of US immigration policy in the Sonoran desert - provides an opportunity for us to explore three things. First, it allows us to talk about the complications in teaching current issues that are difficult to talk about with diverse student populations because they are politically charged. Second, it provides a generative starting poit to talk about how we navigate teaching on topics that are traumatic because they are centrally concerned with racialized violence, death, and suffering which can be difficult for the professor as well as the students. Third, this text opens allows us to open a conversation about how to write in ways that convey the depth of tragic circumstances without falling into the dangers of "trauma porn" or glorifying the suffering of others for one's own academic pursuits. I believe this text provides a generative starting point to grapple with what are some of the hardest dynamics involved in teaching in a social justice-oriented institution in this political moment.
Meeting Schedule:Tuesday, October 2nd 3:00-4:30pmTuesday, November 6th 3:00-4:30pm Tuesday, December 4th 3:00-4:30pm