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  • 62022 Trans*forming Social Work

    Job Experience

    • Assistant Director at the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago providing guidance on educational workshops and departmental assessment and evaluation. 
    • Admissions Counselor & Pre-Collegiate Program Coordinator for gifted and talented students and students of color (Iowa State University).
    • Educational Program Specialist for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program (Georgia State University).    

    Fields of Special Interest

    • Gender, particularly trans identities and experiences
    • Sexuality, particularly LGB and queer experiences
    • Race, particularly people of color experiences
    • Higher Education
    • Identity Development
    • Diversity & Multiculturalism

    Publications and Presentations

    • Simmons, S. L. (in press).“‘I am because we are’: Holding a mirror as a trans educator.” Outside the Gender Box: Trans and Non-Binary Gender People in Higher Education. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
    • Jourian, T. J. & Simmons, S. L. (in press). Trans* leadership. New Directions for Student Leadership.
    • Simmons, S. L.  (2017) A thousand words are worth a picture: a snapshot of trans* postsecondary educators in higher education, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 30:3, 266-284.
    • Jourian, T.J., Simmons, S. L., & Devaney, K. (2015). “We are not expected”: Trans* educators (re)claiming space and voice in higher education and student affairs. Transgender Studies Quarterly. AERA Queer Article of the Year 2015.
    • Patton, L. D. & Simmons, S. L. (2008). A new spelling of my name: Exploring the complexities of multiple identities among African American lesbians at one HBCU. Negro Educational Review, 59 (3-4), 197-215.
    • Drehobl, A. & Simmons, S. L. (April 2016). Building Transgender Cultural Competency into Graduate Social Work Education: Part 2. Invited 80-minute training for SSA Faculty and Staff. Chicago, IL.
    • Simmons, S. L. (January 2016). Unpacking Race, Gender, and Sexuality. Invited (2) 60-minute classroom presentations and discussion for New Trier High School Martin Luther King, Jr. Seminar Day. Winnetka, IL.
    • Simmons, S. L. (March 2015). Sexual Identity Development in Higher Education. Invited 60 minute classroom presentation and discussion for ELPS 433 – Student Development in Higher Education graduate course at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.
    • Jourian, T. J. Devany, K., Johnson, A., Nicolazzo, Z., Patton-Davis, L. (Moderator), Pitcher, E.P. schneider, f., Simmons, S. L., & Turner, J. (March 2015). T*Circle 2: Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Educators on Intersectionality. 150 minute extended session panel fishbowl conversation at ACPA: College Student Educators International Annual Convention, Tampa, FL .     
    • Simmons, S.L. (March 2015). Trans*Genderqueer: Exclusion, (Hyper)Invisibility, & (Co)Authorship. Invited 60 minute discussion at Loyola Women’s Day Conference: Celebrating Progress and Moving Forward, Chicago, IL.
    • Simmons, S. L. (April 2015). Navigating Hypervisible Invisibility as a Black, Trans*Genderqueer Educator. Invited 75 minute storytelling and discussion at Northeastern Illinois University, Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity & Intercultural Affairs, Chicago, ILMain, J. C. & Simmons, S.L. (April 2015). Everyday Queer Activism: Mindfulness & Empowerment. Invited 60 minute co-facilitated dialogue at Qmunity: An LGBTQIA College Summit, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.
    • Simmons, S. L. (April 2014). Rainbow of Opportunity: Supporting LGBTQ Students in Transition. Invited 75 minute presentation for Illinois College Admissions Counseling Conference, Ithasca, IL.
    • Jourian, T. J. Devany, K., & Simmons, S. L. (April 2014). A Review of T*Circle: A Dialogue Among Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Educators. 25 minute presentation for School of Education Research Symposium, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.
    • Jourian, T. J. Devany, K., Faughn, J., Johnson, A., Nicolazzo, Z., Patton-Davis , L. (Moderator), Pitcher, E.P. schneider, f., Simmons, S. L., & Turner, J. (April 2014). T*Circle: A Dialogue Among Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Educators. 180 minute extended session panel discussion at ACPA: College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
    • Simmons, S. L. (September 2013). From the Closet to the Living Room: A Discussion on How Coming Out Means Inviting In. 60 minute invited facilitation at the Multicultural Affairs FabuLunch Series, Columbia University, Chicago, IL.
    • Jourian, T. J. Devany, K., & Simmons, S. L. (April 2013). Gender Non-Conforming and Non-Binary Students: Research and Practice. 30 minute presentation at School of Education Research Symposium, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.
    • Main, J. C. & Simmons, S. L. (April 2013). Bathrooms, Bedrooms, and Balls: Sex Segregation in Higher Education. 60 minute presentation for Women’s Leadership Archive Lecture Series, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.
    • Main, J. C. & Simmons, S. L. (April 2013). Control and Alternate: 101 Computer Tips and Shortcuts. 60 minute hands-on demonstration for the Division of Student Development Lunch and Learn Series, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.
    • Devaney, K. & Simmons, S. L. (March 2013). Gender Non-Conforming and Non-Binary Students: Research and Practice. 60 minute presentation at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) College Student Educators International Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
    • Jourian, T. J. Devany, K., & Simmons, S. L. (February 2013). DeConstructing the Gender Mosaic: The GenderQueer and Non-Binary Pieces of the Puzzle. 60 minute presentation at the Midwestern Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Ally College Conference, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI.

 

Andrea Haidar, AB '15, AM '16

Andrea Haidar, AB '15, AM '16

"The David and Mary Winton Green Scholarship allowed me to pursue my ambitions in social work research and administrative practice. I feel well prepared and excited to advance my career in the social services."