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Course

  • 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.