As part of Smith College School for Social Work's ongoing commitment to trans inclusion, a team of students and faculty were brought together in spring 2017 to gather, develop and disseminate resources about trans and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) inclusion within SSW. The project was motivated in large part by student advocacy that culminated in an open letter in the summer of 2016, and aims to increase the level of shared understanding around TGNC issues and to support a culture of investment in intersectional trans competence, in alignment with the School’s anti-racism commitment.
The team consisted of Davey Shlasko (adjunct faculty), Rory Crath (resident faculty) and three student leaders — Jixia Ao, Noah Cochran and Rickey Thorn. Davey Shlasko (firstname.lastname@example.org) will serve as a Sotomayor Fellow for the 2018–19 internship year, focusing on gender, disability and race intersectionality. Davey is available to answer questions about TGNC resources and provide individual and small-group consultation about gender and TGNC inclusion.