Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Social, Behavioral & Global Studies
With transgender people coming out at younger and younger ages, and transphobia being strongly present in our society, it is important to give these individuals safe and welcoming places to learn. To find out how much of a safe, welcoming, and supportive place California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is I interviewed several departments on campus and sent out surveys to students as well as documenting my own experience on my campus as a trans person. I used several theorists to analyze my findings and, by the end, I discovered that it was relatively safe compared to what I found in other reports, but was generally not really educated on the topic. There are several things that CSUMB can do in order to become more welcoming of transgender individuals, one of which, the increase of education on transgender issues, is already being worked on. There are many things that contribute to the transphobia that some individuals may harbor such as the perpetuation of stereotypes by mass media and religion, causing it to be increasingly difficult for these individuals to come out and be who they are.
McMillan, Amanda, "Through the looking glass : a trans students' internal and external exploration of CSUMB campus climate" (2012). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 390.