Centering Trans/Nonbinary People of Color: Health Disparities, Resiliency and Opportunities for Affirmative Practice

Recorded Webinar
Instructor: T.J. Jourian, Ph.D. 
CEs: 1.5 
Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Social workers and other social service providers.
Course Delivery Method and Format: Recorded webinar, self study. All courses are hosted on SmithOnline. Login information will be emailed immediately after registration to the email address entered during registration.
System Requirements: Attendees will need access to a computer with internet and the capability to play recorded videos.

Date of original webinar: March 23, 2022

Trans/nonbinary (TNB) people of color experience a unique set of social situations based on the intersections of racism, anti-Blackness, and cissexism. These conditions produce specific challenges, barriers and resiliencies for TNB people of color. Based on published work and using an intersectional framework, this webinar describes scholarship on the lived experiences of TNB people of color resisting and deconstructing the TNB monolith created by research.

The webinar reviews the current gaps in service provision systemically, along with recommendations for engaging in affirmative programs and interactions with TNB people of color, including TNB staff of color. It includes a call for human service organizations and staff to use their resources and positionalities to promote not only the survival of these communities, but also their thriving in an unjust, transphobic and racist society.

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

$35 (one time registration fee of $5) | Ongoing

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the social work research landscape as it pertains to TNB populations through an intersectional and asset-based frame.
  2. Identify at least 3-5 gaps in the scholarship related to the TNB population.
  3. Describe at least 3 organizational practices and resources to integrate into your work with TNB people of color.


  1. Introductions, context setting, framework (intersectionality, administrative violence, cissexist analytical pitfalls)
  2. Review of the scholarship
  3. Gaps in the research
  4. Best practices and additional resources
  5. Q&A

About the Instructor:

T.J. Jourian is an independent scholar, consultant and trainer. Previously, he served as an assistant professor at Oakland University in the Higher Education Leadership program. Centering trans and queer people of color’s experiences and epistemologies, his research examines race, gender and sexuality in higher education, with particular attention to masculinity, transness, and racialization, campus LGBTQ+ centers and practitioners and trans*ing constructs and methodologies. He co-founded Trans*Forming Higher Education (T.H.E.) Collaborative and the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs.

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