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Stevie Tran is an attorney, published author, and speaker whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of diversity litigation and social issues in the transgender community. Stevie received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was a member of the LGBT Rights Fellowship—the only program in the nation that trains attorneys on LGBT legal and policy matters as a centerpiece of their legal education. She has experience working for a federal judge, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was also one of the first interns of the Equality Federation Institute’s Summer Internship, where she worked with Equality Arizona to develop the Scottsdale Transgender Equality Project—focused on educating local businesses about the benefits of developing LGBT-inclusive policies.
Stevie’s experience will provide a critical yet welcoming perspective to conversations of inclusion and diversity. She is committed to the issues surrounding access to student organizations and the fraternal community. As an alumna member, she remains actively involved with her national fraternity—an organization founded to develop character and leadership in queer and allied men. In fact, Stevie helped to develop her fraternity’s policy on gender: the most inclusive transgender membership policy for any fraternal organization. Her experience ideally situates her to help you, your organization, and your campus find a way for all interested students to have a fulfilling college experience and to access the benefits and activities on campus.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University in Political Science, with Minors in Japanese and Women and Gender Studies and an LGBT Studies Certificate. Her work and writing can be found in:
- Nathan T. Arrowsmith & Stevie V. Tran, Implementing a Transgender Membership Policy, FRATERNAL LAW (Manley Burke, Cincinnati, Ohio), Nov. 2013, at 5
- Jessica Pettitt & Stevie V. Tran, Your Title IX and Trans-Inclusivity Questions Answered, ESSENTIALS (Ass’n of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, Fort Collin, Colo.), Sept. 2014, at 1
- Stevie Tran, Transgender Membership and Title IX, FRATERNAL LAW (Manley Burke, Cincinnati, Ohio), Nov. 2013, at 4
- Nathan Arrowsmith & Stevie V. Tran, Title IX Empowers Fraternities to Include Transgender Members, ESSENTIALS (Ass’n of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, Fort Collin, Colo.), May 2013, at 1
- Stevie V. Tran, Embracing Our Values: Title IX, the “Single-Sex Exemption,” and Fraternities’ Inclusion of Transgender Members, 41 HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW 503 (2012)
- Stevie V. Tran & Elizabeth M. Glazer, Transgenderless, 34 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 399 (2012)
It’s More Than Just Sports: An Introduction to Title IX and How It Affects You
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) protects people from discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. How does this language, though, translate to the everyday campus setting? This program serves as an introduction to Title IX, explores how it works, and identifies the individuals who have responsibilities under the law. It will set forth the most common incidents — as well as growing trends involving diverse populations like transgender students — covered under Title IX and the various avenues to report a potential Title IX violation. Further, this program will help you understand the general reporting process, as well as the consequences of failing to abide by Title IX. This program can be customized to focus on specific issues on your campus if necessary.
“I’m Not a Boy Anymore”: Understanding the Transgender Identity
After winter break, Michael returned to campus, asking to be called “Michelle.” He said that “he” was now “she” and refused to respond when others used his legal name. What do you do now? First, take a deep breath. This program is designed to safely acclimate you to the “transgender issue” and will serve as an educational, non-threatening introduction to the transgender identity. It will help you navigate the endless world of terms — what’s the difference between “transgender” and “transsexual,” for instance? Importantly, this conversation will orientate you to a growing conversation on campuses across the country through the perspective and personal experiences of a young transgender woman of color. This program can be tailored to include more in-depth, potential legal implications and trends within the educational setting, depending on where your campus is in the conversation.
What steps can you take to develop an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all of your students? Stevie can help you identify numerous areas to do just that. With her legal training, professional, and personal experiences, she can provide a risk analysis, drafting, education, and the implementation of inclusive policies for transgender students — especially important in light of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. What happens with name changes, class rosters, Blackboard, and campus facilities, for example? Stevie can help you develop the best answers for your needs.
[NOV 2015] "I thought that the performance went phenomenally and that Stevie was an amazing person to bring to our campus. She was a very charismatic speaker and was really engaging with our audience. Eastern doesn't always have the most responsive audience members when it comes to question and answer sessions so I was very happy that she was able to engage the audience in a way that made them feel comfortable and open enough to ask deep and insightful questions. I was incredibly pleased with how the event turned out and Kaitlyn and I don't have any negative words to say. We had a great outcome and she was a pleasant and inviting performer." – Chelsea Dahmer, Culture and Fine Arts Assistant, Eastern Connecticut State University
[MAR 2015] "Stevie Tran did an excellent job at the Transgender Sensitivity Training for Law Enforcement Officers and Mandated Reporters at Stetson University." – Yolany Gonell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Stetson University
[NOV 2014] “I thought it went wonderfully, and from the feedback that I've heard, other people really enjoyed it as well. She was very informative and made her presentation fun and engaging. I believe that she brought a lot of insight into the transgender community to our campus which was our goal by bringing her here. Thank you so much for all of your help, and we look forward to working with you in the future!”
– Marisa Perfetti, Special Events Chair, St. Mary’s College of Maryland