Transgender college students face many barriers within higher education institutions. Student affairs professionals can be key to not only helping transgender students learn to navigate these barriers but also in working to remove barriers through policy change.

On this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Keith Edwards speaks with Genny Beemyn, Kendra Malone, and Jodi Linley about how student affairs professionals can work to improve their own practices as individuals, through improving department and institutional policies, and shifting the broader institutional culture to better serve transgender students.

This free episode will air live on Wednesday, November 8 at 1 p.m. ET. To watch the archived video, just return to this page at any point after the episode airs.

If you have questions for our panelists, in advance of the episode please email or tweet @KeithEPhD with your question and Keith will incorporate it into the dialogue. We will also take questions during the episode via the Twitter backchannel at #higheredlive.


Episode Host

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards

Over the past 18 years Keith (he/him/his) has spoken and consulted at more than 200 colleges and universities, presented more than 200 programs at national conferences, and written more than 20 articles or book chapters on curricular approaches, sexual violence prevention, men’s identity, social justice education, and leadership. His research, writing, and speaking have received national awards and recognition including ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree. His TEDx Talk on Ending Rape has been viewed around the world. Keith is also a certified executive and leadership coach for individuals who are looking to unleash their fullest potential. Keith was the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from 2007 – 2015 where he provided leadership for the areas of residential life, student activities, conduct, and orientation. He was an affiliate faculty member in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught graduate courses on diversity and social justice in higher education for 8 years.


Genny Beemyn

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 A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014). They are currently working on a book entitled Campus Queer: Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ+ College Students (Johns Hopkins University Press) and an anthology entitled 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.


Kendra Malone

Kendra Malone (she/her) has been addressing issues of equity and social justice for over 10 years as a trainer, consultant, facilitator, instructor, speaker and activist. Kendra recently joined the University of Chicago’s Center for Identity + Inclusion as the Director of LGBTQ Student Life. In this role Kendra maintains and enhances educational, social, support, referral and resource programs and services for students regarding issues of sexual and gender identities. Additionally, she coordinates the LGBTQ Safe Space program. Prior to her current position, Kendra served as a Diversity Resources Coordinator at the University of Iowa for 4.5 years. In this role she worked on a variety of initiatives that supported inclusivity and community building on campus, including leading their LGBTQ Safe Zone Project and co-chairing the university’s inaugural Transgender Inclusivity Taskforce. Kendra has also worked at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault providing technical assistance to sexual assault programs in the state of Iowa as well as nationally to coalitions in the Midwest and East Coast regions of the country as a member of the Resource Sharing Project. Kendra holds a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Iowa State University where she taught Introduction to Women’s Studies and firmly believes that you have the skill and ability to turn the challenging realities of oppression into righteous action. #BlackLivesMatter #SayHerName #BlackTransLivesMatter


Jodi Linley

Jodi Linley (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs at the University of Iowa. Dr. Linley uses critical perspectives and methods to study minoritized collegians’ experiences and supports. Current projects include undergraduate peer socialization agents’ meaning-making and peer pedagogies about campus culture and diversity; racially minoritized student leaders; LGBTQ students, including military-connected students; higher education socialization; and minoritized populations in STEM fields. These studies contribute to the field by advancing what is known about institutional culture and the role of students in shaping it, and minoritized collegians whose student development is underexamined in existing literature and theories. Dr. Linley is an affiliate of the National Study of LGBTQ+ Student Success and the University of Iowa Center for Research on Undergraduate Education. Dr. Linley and her colleague Dr. Cindy Ann Kilgo have an upcoming publication in the Journal of College Student Development about their process to facilitate updates to the student records system at Iowa to provide trans* students agency to self-identify their gender, pronouns, and name.