Topic Highlights

The Power of Language

Capturing demographic data on queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students is fraught with myriad challenges and complexities, complicated by diverse and ever-evolving notions about sexuality and gender. The language with which these measures are constructed must effectively elicit the desired information, while navigating familiarity with terminology, social stigma, and the politics of language across queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum communities. These measures must also contend with issues of privacy, confidentiality, relevance, and a study’s primary audience. Leading scholars will discuss the unique challenges they have encountered and strategies for effective practice.


Jason C. Garvey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs
Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences at the University of Vermont

Mary T. Hoban, Ph.D.

Chief Research Officer
The American College Health Association

Director of the ACHA National College Health Assessment

Ellen Stolzenberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Research
The Higher Education Research Institute in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Allison BrckaLorenz, Ph.D.

Project Manager
The Faculty Survey of Student Engagement

Research Analyst
The National Survey of Student Engagement

Susan Rankin, Ph.D

Principal Investigator
Rankin & Associates