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Breneil Malcolm
PhD Student

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Breneil Malcolm is a PhD student in Learning, Design, and Technology with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. Their research interests focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion through the interdisciplinary frameworks of pedagogical, psychological, and critical theories. Their research topics span inclusive learning design for LGBT+ identifying as transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC); how design promotes toxic masculinity, patriarchal ideals, and privilege; normative versus nonconventional perceptions of social justice; human sexuality and expression; polygamy in monistic cultures; and recreational bodybuilding as a medium of empowerment and gender and sexual identity expression. Breneil also works as a graduate assistant with the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) at Penn State, where their work focuses on DEI through an intersectional lens to promote greater social justice across campus and local communities. Breneil holds a master of education in higher education as a Distinguished Graduate and completed their undergraduate degree in psychology with highest honors.


Prior to Breneil’s doctoral journey, they served as academic support faculty for 5 years at St. George’s University managing an intensive communication program and teaching learning strategy as an instructor. They have further been a fitness coach and group instructor for over 5 years, actively contribute to the American College of Education’s leadership blog section, and are a research affiliate with the University of Michigan. Breneil’s goal is to utilize an integrative framework that authentically combines all their areas of expertise toward enhancing social justice for underrepresented groups.

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