Gender 101 & the Trans Experience

Recorded On: 09/24/2021

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This recording is the first installment of the Gender & Trans Inclusion in Collegiate Recreation Series. This session breaks down the foundational terminology relating to gender and sexuality in order to understand the complexity of the trans experience.

*Please note this recording ends abruptly. As to avoid any confusion, the second half of this 90-minute session was a live component that was not recorded, per the presenter’s request.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to define foundational terminology related to gender and sexuality, preparing them for full engagement in future sessions.
  • Attendees will be able to recognize the complexities of trans experiences.
  • Attendees will gain insights into the experiences of trans individuals in the field of higher education, and specifically campus recreation.

Competency Areas:

Personal and Professional Qualities



Wendy Motch-Ellis

Director, Campus Recreation

University of North Carolina Asheville

Wendy B. Motch-Ellis is the Director of Campus Recreation at the University of North Carolina Asheville and she serves on the 2021-2022 NIRSA Assembly.   As Co-Chair of NIRSA’s Commission on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, she helped co-author NIRSA’s Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, NIRSA’s National Collegiate Championship Series Transgender Inclusion Guidelines, and served as editor and resource author for NIRSA’s publication Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:  A Resource Guide for Leaders in Colelgiate Recreation.  Wendy brought to NIRSA national leading experts on LGBT inclusion in sport as presenters and advisors to NIRSA, served as a consultant on the development of the Campus Pride Sports Index, and she has been instrumental in changing the narrative around LGBT inclusion within collegiate recreation.

Lauren Brown

Coordinator of Operations & Fitness

Red Rocks Community College

Allie Bogard

Regional VI Rep

Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Amber Mateer

Plymouth State University

Amber Mateer currently serves as the Associate Director of Campus Recreation at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Their start in collegiate recreation began at UC Santa Cruz, Amber's undergraduate institution. While pursuing Sociology and Art degrees, Amber worked for the Athletics and Recreation department for all four years, among a host of other student life focused offices. After landing a Graduate Assistantship at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California Amber continued to fall in love with the field of collegiate recreation. Although the COVID-19 pandemic made the two years of graduate work very different than expected, collaborating virtually with colleagues both at University of the Pacific and within the NIRSA Assembly became second nature. Amber is currently finishing up their master's thesis which specifically looks at the impact virtual learning has had on the identity formation and process of queer & trans college students.  

Dr. Genny Beemyn

Director, the Stonewall Center; Coordinator,  Campus Pride's Trans Policy Clearinghouse

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Genny Beemyn, Ph.D., is the director of the UMass Amherst Stonewall Center and the coordinator of Campus Pride’s Trans Policy Clearinghouse. They have published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans college students, including writing some of the first articles on the topic in the 2000s. Among the books Genny has written are The Lives of Transgender People (2011); A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (2014); and the anthology Trans People in Higher Education (2019). With Abbie Goldberg, they edited The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies (2021). They are currently writing Campus Queer: Addressing the Needs of LGBTQ+ College Students with Mickey Eliason for Johns Hopkins University Press. Genny is also an editorial board member of the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and the Journal of Homosexuality. They have a Ph.D. in African American Studies and master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration. More about Genny can be found on their website:


Gender 101 & the Trans Experience Live Webinar
09/23/2021 at 11:00 AM (PDT)  |  90 minutes
09/23/2021 at 11:00 AM (PDT)  |  90 minutes
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