Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-11-2019


This interpretive case study explored the experience of advocates as they pursue social change for transgender and gender-expansive children (ages 4-12). The aim of the study is to improve current understanding of the process of advocacy for this population, as well as the context in which advocacy efforts occur. Data consisted of hour long interviews, advocacy artifacts as recommended by participants, and the researcher’s field journal. Participants included 12 advocates from a variety of backgrounds and geographic locations within the United States, to include educators, community advocates, and helping professionals. Implications of this study may include increased understanding of the advocacy process, and the various ways individuals navigate social systems to affect positive change for transgender and gender-expansive children.


Transgender youth, gender-expansive youth, advocacy

Document Type




Degree Name

Counselor Education

Level of Degree


Department Name

Individual, Family, and Community Education

First Committee Member (Chair)

Jeanmarie Keim PhD

Second Committee Member

Kristopher Goodrich PhD

Third Committee Member

Deborah Rifenbary PhD

Fourth Committee Member

Ruth Galvan Trinidad PhD