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Facing Trans: Inclusion, Advocacy, and Empowerment

As we become comfortable with the Lesbian and Gay plight on our college campuses and in the workplace, we continue to overlook Bisexuals and silence Transgender populations. Trans folks are courageously coming forward and identifying as such more and more often. This day-long training is designed to help college human resource administrators strategically plan to provide a safe and supportive climate for all and to prepare participants to become better advocates for the trans community. Be a leader by identifying the needs, (including invisible populations), advocating effectively for trans people, and empowering all community members to take action.

Currently fewer than 800 colleges and universities and even fewer Fortune 500 companies protect transgender students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors in their non-discrimination policies, yet more and more people are coming forward with trans or gender variant identities that directly challenge existing policies, procedures, and services. This in-depth interactive training aims to:

  • Increase awareness of the existence of the trans/gender variant populations
  • Transfer this knowledge to proactively identify campus actions steps
  • Create more higher education administrator advocates for trans needs
  • Elevate home campus as a leader in serving trans populations

As a participant in this training, individuals will benefit from:

  • Professional Development and on-going education about diverse populations on campus
  • Hands on resources to take back to campus to be more inclusive for trans/gender variant students, faculty, and staff, alumni, and other community members
  • Personal education and training to raise awareness of trans issues
  • Safe space to asks questions, check assumptions, and learn about this invisible population

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