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SUNY Cortland hosts second TransAction conference

SUNY Cortland hosts second TransAction conference


Maybe Burke, a New York-based writer, actor and human rights advocate, will deliver the keynote address on Friday, March 6, during SUNY Cortland’s second annual TransAction conference.

The conference, which focuses on the needs and experiences of transgender and genderqueer college students, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Corey Union Exhibition Lounge.

The conference is free for SUNY Cortland faculty, staff and students. Admission is open to the public for a non-refundable $15 registration fee. Scholarships are available upon request. To register, visit

Burke is interested in telling the stories that haven’t been told. Their work has been seen at various locations including the Lincoln Center and the NYC LGBTQ Center. Dedicated to talking about trans and queer identities, Burke has facilitated many panels and workshops.

Burke is partnered with Sex Discussed Here and the Transgender Training Institute. The institute helps provide professional development and personal growth trainings for people of the transgender and non-binary communities. Burke also founded The Trans Literacy Project to collaborate with trans artists, advocates and activists to address questions about trans experiences.

The conference also will feature:

  • A discussion focusing on microaggressions, presented by Burke
  • A breakout session aimed at helping faculty and staff understand non-binary, presented by Burke
  • A breakout session aimed at students on exploring life and work after SUNY Cortland, presented by Lauren Christiansen, SUNY Cortland’s internship and student employment coordinator
  • The closing keynote on the state of trans and gender non-conforming issues at SUNY Cortland, followed by an “ask me anything” session, presented by a panel of SUNY Cortland students

Last year, SUNY Cortland heard the inspiring story of Court Pineiro ’18, who was honored with the university’s Leadership in LGBTQAIP Advocacy award for speaking about his transition.

TransAction is sponsored by the Campus Artist and Lecture Series and the Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Committee.

For more information, contact Erin Morris, assistant professor of sport management, at 607-753-4638.

Prepared by Communications Office writing intern Erica Mirlas