A Program for Secondary and Post-Secondary Institutions

The Basic Training program focuses on the understanding and soft skills necessary when working with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) students (as well as TGNC staff and others, including faculty).


This Basic Training program focuses on enabling TGNC students to succeed in their classes, programs, and academic studies in ways that show sensitivity and respect towards the TGNC student.  


Our programs are designed to provide attendees with the basic knowledge, skills, and appropriate sensitivities (attitudes) necessary for educators as they work to create inclusive learning environments for their TGNC students. We provide strategies that enable attendees to mitigate their own implicit (i.e., automatic or unconscious) biases – or put another way, their transphobia. This information will also enable them to recognize the impact of their bias or transphobia on student outcomes.


The Program will address strategies for the classroom, including any or all of the topics listed below. Working with our clients to better understand their needs, the amount of time they can commit, and their training budgets, we can select which elements are best suited for the client and their institution.  

  1. Overview and historical perspectives of gender, transgender, and gender variance;

  2. Terms and definitions used with TGNC students; 

  3. Understanding the issues trans students face (societal, family, discrimination, healthcare, suicide risks, etc.)

  4. Assume there are TGNC students in your classes

  5. Don’t make assumptions about gender identity,

  6. Understand how a person’s gender identity affects their educational experiences and their risks for dropping out;

  7. Understanding transphobia, what it is, how it affects your students, and how, if you have it, you can overcome it.

  8. Include TGNC issues in your curriculum and classes;

  9. Bring a TGNC person to your class to speak;

  10. Invite a TGNC scholar to work on transgender and gender non-conforming issues from an       academic perspective;

  11. Educate your cisgender colleagues;

  12. Understanding the process of transition (medical, mental health, and social perspectives);

  13. Privacy – Strategies for maintaining privacy while dealing with family, friends, and others concerned with the student;

  14. Establishing a safe and sensitive environment for all TGNC students;

  15. Scenarios and discussion points for experiential learning.


I’ve created a Student Success Tool for teachers/faculty, and it includes a student information form so that teachers/faculty can learn important details about the student on the very first day of class. My research has shown that it’s this very first night that’s critical for engaging a student. If you haven’t established that engagement on the first night, the student’s potential for a poor outcome or failing increases exponentially.

For more information, request a proposal, or schedule a meeting - please contact:

Dr. Joelle Codde (She, Her, Hers) Why pronouns matter



Tel: 517-881-1645


    © 2019 Jo Codde, PhD