• Foundational Knowledge: The topic of foundational knowledge is a questionable one...what and who's knowledge is in fact 'foundational?' Over recent years, and particularly those at DU, time was characterized by the erasure of those not falling within a (cis)gender or (hetero)sexual binary. This encouraged me to pursue exploring my trans and gay identities within my coursework to the best of my ability. I spent most of my time questioning what was being presented about me and people like me to the classroom and presented as inclusive excellence. One such example might be the centrality of restrooms in conversation around transgender students...while I am glad I can urinate in a toilet of my choice, I don't necessarily find it to be a point of pride for cisgender communities to rave about and praise as an accomplishment...but it dictated the entirety of trans-related conversations in every single academic space I occupied with the exception of Gender/Sexualities & Intersectional Inquiry

    Application& Integration & Learning How To Learn: One of my interests in academia is that of methodology. In an effort to explore new knowledges gained from the higher education program, I focused on investigating methodologies that are perceived as radical in the field of higher education. In my Intersection Inquiry seminar, I had the opportunity to pursue poetic inquiry (above), as well as performance (see page on Art & Expression) as valid forms of knowledge, of learning, of knowing. The poem above attempts to question the rigidity of the show-and-tell requirement of our identities and work-- that is, we are free to explore so far as we do not disrupt, do not attempt to show individualization. To be more specific, we are encouraged to show only so much as we are willing to dillute ourselves to be read easily or in respect to a status quo or atypicality previously expressed. This also took the form of me questioning foundational knowledge within the classroom when presenting on gender and sexuality (see below, at right)

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