Sy Simms

University Fellows Cohort Member, 2019-2020
PhD Student, Higher Education
Portrait of Sy Simms
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Sy is a doctoral student in Higher Education. They hold a BA in Theatre with emphasis in Design, and a Master of Education in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sy served as the Trans Education Specialist in the Lionel Cantu Queer Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where they were responsible for overseeing the LGBTQIA+Peer education program and supporting gender expansive policies, resources, and awareness across campus. Sy’s research addresses student affairs practitioners’ motivations and intentions in engaging in diversity and justice work with, alongside, and for marginalized communities; in addition, they examine ways that (trans)genders are regulated and practiced in university settings. Sy wants to expand the knowledge and improve the pedagogy in this field and to be a role model for the Trans, Queer, and African-American community. They enjoy cooking, going to concerts, browsing through comic book stores, and watching competitive cooking shows.