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Saturday, July 9 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Preparing for and Navigating the Transition to College

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While many of our gender-expansive youth have experience navigating transitions, the transition from high school to college can present new challenges and opportunities for growth. This panel aims to provide caregivers with information about what colleges and universities are doing to ensure the safety, support, and inclusion of gender-expansive youth.  Additionally, this panel will also include college-aged youth who will share experiences and strategies for advocating for oneself in academia. Topics including housing, support services, policies and other asects of life on campus will be considered. Listen to gender-expansive college students and the professionals charged with supporting them as discuss strategies for navigating this important path.

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Mere Abrams, MSW, ACSW

Gender Specialist, Educational Advocate, Researcher, University of California, San Francisco Child & Adolescent Gender Center, Gender Spectrum
Mere Abrams, MSW, ACSW, is a Gender Specialist, Educational Advocate, and Researcher with the University of California, San Francisco Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic. Mere also works as a Program Manager at Gender Spectrum, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating gender inclusive spaces for all children and youth. Mere began working with Gender Spectrum in 2012, completing the first evaluative study to measure the impact of... Read More →


Desirée Anderson

Desirée Anderson was born in San Diego, California. Before coming to serve as the Director of the Intercultural Center at Saint Mary’s College of California she served as the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University in New Orleans for six years. In addition to working at SMC she is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans studying the use of... Read More →

Ryan Baker

Ryan Baker is an award winning, freelance photographer whose work focuses on social justice, fashion and portraiture. Ryan is a rising senior at St. Mary's College of California planning to graduate with a degree in Communication accompanied with a minor in gender studies. Ryan's work has been featured in international publications and media and hopes to continuing growing as a photographer, student, and activist. 

Deb Schneider, LCSW, PPSC

Volunteer Director
Deb Schneider LCSW, PPSC, works directly with the entire Student Affairs staff to support gender expansive and transitioning youth on SFAI's small urban campus in her role as Director of Counseling Services at the San Francisco Art Institute.. Prior to her work at SFAI, she worked as a school social worker for ten years at El Cerrito High School. In addition to a small private practice in Oakland, Deb supports clinicians doing... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Soda Center - Claeys Lounge

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