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UW-Madison alum Lewis examining ways to help transgender youth within schools

September 09, 2016

The education research of UW-Madison alumna Maria Lewis is highlighted in a recent news story posted to Penn State University’s website.

Maria Lewis
The article begins: “Maria Lewis is working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools on issues of how to better accommodate transgender youth within the state’s school districts, issues that Lewis believes can be solved not only through research but by revisiting the purpose of an educator. More specifically, she said, reflecting upon the commitment to provide a safe environment that fosters the emotional and intellectual growth of all students.”

Lewis is an assistant professor of education in Penn State’s College of Education.  She earned her Ph.D. from UW-Madison's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2014.

“As someone whose work is really about diversity and equity and social justice, I’m really interested in the ways educational leaders overcome some of the resistance they’re facing in trying to promote inclusion for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) students and transgender students particularly,’’ Lewis said in the Penn State report.

To learn much more about Lewis and her current work, check out this Penn State news story headlined, “Education researcher partners with PDE to support rights of transgender students.”