Dr. Z Nicolazzo has been an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University since summer 2015. Ze teaches courses on college student development, postsecondary access, and diversity, equity, and culture. Dr. Nicolazzo’s research centers on trans* collegians, with a particular emphasis on trans* student resilience and kinship-building. Dr. Nicolazzo has published in a variety of scholarly and practitioner-focused publications, including the Journal of LGBT Youth, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, About Campus, Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. Z’s book, Trans* In College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion, will be published by Stylus Publishing in November 2016.
Dr. Nicolazzo’s research focuses on mapping gender across collegiate contexts. Hir specific areas of interest include: gender in higher education, particularly the experiences of trans* collegians; college student activism; and intersectionality, particularly students’ experiences of the intersections of race, disability, and gender identity. Dr. Nicolazzo also writes about the use of alternative methodologies, epistemologies, and representations of knowledge.
Ph.D., Student Affairs in Higher Education, Miami University
Graduate Certificate, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
M.S., College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University
B.A., Philosophy, Roger Williams University
Susan Marine, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor and Program Director in the Higher Education Master’s Program at Merrimack College. She has 20 years’ experience leading initiatives in higher education for the advancement of women and trans* students of all genders, with specific expertise in sexual violence prevention and response, and advocacy for the LGBTQ community. Dr. Marine teaches courses in higher education history, theory, and practice, and her research interests include feminist praxis in higher education, trans* student inclusion and agency, and ending campus sexual violence. Seeing the classroom as a mutually transformative enterprise, she is deeply committed to preparing future leaders in higher education to transform campus cultures and to continually advance social justice in higher education. She has contributed to numerous scholarly journals and books, and is the author of Stonewall’s Legacy: Bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender students in higher education.
janicanne shane (she/her/hers pronouns) currently serves as the director of new student and family programs at Berklee in Boston, Massachusetts. She has ten years of experience in higher education, serving in functional areas including student leadership development, social justice education, advising, and event planning and programming. She currently advises her campus’ constituencies on areas including gender violence prevention education, social justice education, feminist identity work, and various dimensions of community/team building.