Shaun Travers

Shaun Travers

Director of LGBT Resource Center, University of California, San Diego

Director of LGBT Resource Center,

University of California, San Diego

Shaun Travers, Ed.D., is a Campus Diversity Officer at the University of California, San Diego and Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center on campus.  He also serves on the President's Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty and Staff for the University of California system, and is four term Board chair and current Board Member of the San Diego LGBT Community Center, the nation's second oldest and one of the largest community centers in the nation.  He is the Education Chair for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and chairs the San Diego LGBT Community Leadership Council, which serves as a leadership collaborative over 40 LGBT and allied community organizations.  His research and practice involves the leadership of social justice educators in higher education, especially at the intersections of race, sexuality and gender. In addition, he lectures on self-reflection in higher education practice, and the opportunities and challenges of working in the LGBT community.

The deep intersections of racial justice, queer and trans justice, and other social justice movements both creates and divides community(ies).  The fall of 2014 brought national attention what many activists have already named: the deaths of black men (and the media's curious absence around the deaths of black women - especially trans women), and the lack of indictment of any white police officers involved in those killings.  What pedagogies inside and outside the classroom appropriately provide spaces for activism and change with these issues?  How does a trans and queer perspective illuminate these racial injustices from within the academy?  When students are shutting down freeways in the morning, what will we do in the gender studies classroom that afternoon, in the campus LGBT Center that evening, or the local LGBT spaces that night?  How should narratives and experience of folks like CeCe McDonald, Reina Gossett, Janetta Johnson, and Miss Major guide transformation and revolution of oppressive systems?  How might social media provide poor mediums for deep change, but serve as catalytic devices for organization and alliance?

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Take active steps at their home institution to more clearly align with anti-oppressive activists, leaders and change agents.
2. Conceptualize deeper linkages between faculty, student affairs practitioners and student activists to strategize deeper change in the academy.
3. Consider the academy's role in both maintaining and dismantling oppressive systems.