Supporting Trans and Gender-nonconforming Members of Our Campus Community

In the last two decades or so, the ways in which we understand, describe, and live out gender roles and identities in higher education have become more sophisticated and multifaceted. This is due to not only the increased visibility and advocacy of students, faculty, and staff who do not identify within the traditional gender binary, but also to the ways in which trans and nonbinary people in general have helped educate their institutional colleagues about the complexities of gender identity and expression. Continue reading “Supporting Trans and Gender-nonconforming Members of Our Campus Community”

Difficult Discussions in the Classroom and on Campus

This weekend, Grand View joined the ranks of schools, colleges, and universities that have had “It’s OK to be white” signs posted in their environs. A campaign started by racist trolls on 4chan (an online discussion space where “alt-right,” white nationalist, and other similarly charming groups congregate virtually), the sign postings seem to be intended to roil campus communities and “trigger” those who advocate for diversity and multiculturalism. So once again, as has been the case across the country constantly in the last year, racism and racist actions are attempting to seize control of campus and community conversations. Continue reading “Difficult Discussions in the Classroom and on Campus”

Aaaannnd….WE’RE OFF

Welcome, or welcome back, to another academic year at Grand View! The CETL staff is excited about the coming semester! (We’ll be even more excited when we make it through the week without any Blackboard issues *crosses fingers*.) As usual, faculty return to a campus where much has occurred in the months since we saw our graduates stride across the stage at Hy-Vee Hall. Continue reading “Aaaannnd….WE’RE OFF”