College student sex workers are largely missing from higher education and student affairs research, and as such, there is limited information for best practices to better support them in college and university settings. Reporting from an action research study with college student sex workers as collaborators, this session will be invaluable for practitioners and policymakers to become better informed about 1) the current contexts that college student sex workers maneuver and 2) strategies to support these students.
Articulate two core contexts that complicate the experience of college student sex workers in college
Identify the primary motivations that lead students to engage in sex work
Recount three strategies to support college student sex workers in college
ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies
Advising and Supporting (A/S)
Social Justice and Inclusion (SJI)
Terah J. Stewart, PhD (he/him) is an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs at Iowa State University. His research and writing focus on people, populations, and ideas that are hypermarginalized and/or that have stigmatized identities including: college students engaged in sex work, fat students on campus, and identity-based student activism. He also does conceptual and empirical work on antiblackness in non-black communities of color. His work centers on critical disruptive onto-epistemological frameworks and theories to destabilize dominant ways of knowing and being; including Black/endarkened feminist, womanist, and afropessimist perspectives. His research and writing have appeared in Action Research, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Journal Committed to Scholarship on Race and Ethnicity, and the Journal of College Student Development. Dr. Stewart is the co-author of Identity-Based Student Activism: Power and Oppression on College Campuses (2020, Routledge); and author of Sex Work on Campus (2022, Routledge).