T.J. Jourian is a social justice educator, learner, activist, and speaker, having spoken and provided trainings at hundreds of college campuses, conferences, and community-based organizations all over the country. He is currently on the Training Team of the Brown Boi Project, a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen, and our allies committed to changing the way that communities of color talk about gender. T.J. self-identifies as a pansexual queer Middle-Eastern Armenian trans*man, and his passion lies with supporting, learning from, and participating in social justice work that is intersectional, empowering, and dynamic – much like what he aspires to deliver through his own work. He is proud to be part of the 2014 Trans* 100.
In 2005, T.J. was featured in the Sundance docu-series TransGeneration, depicting the lives of four trans* college students during a single academic year at four different institutions. The series went on to win the 2006 GLAAD Media Award for Best Documentary. Currently, a PhD Candidate in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago, he is finishing his dissertation on trans*masculine college students' conceptualizations of masculinity.
T.J. received his MA in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University, and has 6+ years of professional experience in residential life, LGBTQ affairs, student activities & events, women’s center, multicultural affairs, orientation, and more. T.J. is a co-founder and now Editor in Chief the Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs (JCSHESA) and a founding member of the T*Circle Collective.
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Whether you are looking for a keynote speaker, trainer, or someone to consult with, T.J. might just be who you are looking for. His work spans across race, gender, sexuality, intersectionality, activism, leadership and organizational change, presenting to a variety of audiences across the country, including high school and college students and educators, community organizers and members, academics, legal professionals, and more. From large scale audiences to small classroom settings, from 101-level trainings to advanced dialogues, T.J. manages to have broad appeal while simultaneously challenging everyone to show up for justice.