Received their MSW from Arizona State University, focusing on community and systems-level practice. Vern’s experience includes leading a program aimed at reducing binge drinking in Phoenix’s LGBTQ community, facilitating peer support groups through Ingersoll Gender Center in Seattle, organizing trans/queer student groups, and more. Vern is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Washington. They are currently the Communications Coordinator for the LGBTQ Caucus of Faculty and Students in Social Work, a research associate on the Trans Bodies, Trans Selves research team, and Principal Investigator of the TRANSgenerational study exploring how trans individuals support one another. Vern continues to support trans students by hosting T-Time (trans open office hours) throughout the academic year. Drawing on their broad experience advocating for trans and queer issues, Vern’s current work focuses on intergenerational knowledge and support in transgender communities.