Z Nicolazzo, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Trans* Studies in Education at the University of Arizona. Prior to her faculty career, Nicolazzo worked in various student affairs functional areas, including residence life, fraternity and sorority programs, and sexual violence prevention education. Nicolazzo’s current scholarly work focuses on cultural discourses of gender in education, transfemininity, and grief and loss. Nicolazzo is the author and editor of several texts, including her solo-authored book Trans* in College: Transgender Students’ Strategies for Navigating Campus Life and the Institutional Politics of Inclusion (Stylus, 2017) and her most recent co-authored book, Digital Me: Trans Students Exploring Future Possible Selves Online (2023, Rutgers University Press).
Roman Christiaens is a doctoral candidate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. Prior to their doctoral program, Roman’s professional experience of ten years in student affairs includes the areas of community engagement, LGBTQ+ affairs, student activities, multicultural education and orientation. Their research interests focus on diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts in higher education by utilizing frameworks around critical whiteness, transfeminism and critical geography. Specifically, they are interested in how DEI educators and professionals navigate institutional contexts and various political climates. Roman received their M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Vermont and their B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Seattle University.
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