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GLBT WORKSHOPS

NC State faculty, staff, and students may register for GLBT sponsored workshops in REPORTER. The following are our 2018-2019 course offerings.  If you are a part of the Advocate program, attending a single workshop will fulfill your workshop requirement for the year, but you are free to take as many as you like.

These courses are open to the NC State community at no cost. If you are not a member of the NC State community and would like to register, please contact the GLBT Center at 919.513.9742

Advocate Program Workshops (primarily for faculty/staff, some for community members/organizations)

Workshops on GLBT Identity and Inclusion

  • Understanding and Supporting GLBT Students in the Classroom (1 hour)
    • This presentation provides an overview of the resources and services the GLBT Center provides for students, staff and faculty; explores the climate for GLBT students on campus; discusses strategies for proactively creating a GLBT-inclusive classroom environment; and covers techniques for responding to climate concerns in the classroom.
  • Project SAFE (3 hours)
    • Project SAFE is an introductory workshop that addresses a wide range of information, including identity terms associated with the GLBT community, issues that GLBT students often deal with during the coming out process, concerns that GLBT students face both in and out of the classroom, ways that allies can create inclusive environments, and the on- and off-campus resources available to students.
  • Trans 101 (2 hours)
    • Trans 101 is designed to introduce participants to the spectrum of transgender, gender-nonconforming, and gender-questioning identities and expressions. This workshop addresses common issues faced by trans students and strategies campus community members can use to be trans inclusive.
  • The Spectrum of Sex: Intersex Identities and Relationship to Gender (2 hours)
    • The GLBT community often discusses the spectra of gender and sexual orientation, but fewer GLBT individuals and their allies have thought about the spectrum of sex. Intersex identities are influenced by chromosomal, hormonal, and structural differences that are part of the human experience of “sex.” Join the GLBT Center in a two-hour exploration of the definition of intersex, its relationship to gender identity and expression, and ways to affirm intersex identities.
  • Not Driven by Desire: Understanding Asexual and Aromantic Relationships (2 hours)
    • Whether our society acknowledges it or not, there are multiple factors involved in relationships besides sexual desire. This two-hour workshop explores identities in which sexual attraction or romantic attraction are not experienced to the degree our culture expects. Participants will learn about how asexual and aromantic identities impact someone’s life and interactions with the rest of the GLBT community and how to affirm and support their experiences.
  • Creating Accomplices: Supporting Queer and Transgender Students of Color (3 hours)
    • Queer and transgender students of color face barriers and obstacles that are often left out of the narrative of GLBT lived experiences. Join the GLBT Center as we unpack the systemic oppression that impacts and complicates the experiences of folks when race and ethnicity intersect with gender and sexuality. Discover ways that you can be move beyond being an ally for the queer and transgender community of color to being an accomplice.
  • Cultural Values about Gender and Violence in the Trans Community (2 hours)
    • This is an in-depth workshop about how our cultural values about gender and violence impact the transgender community. This workshop explores the questions: How does the cultural environment in which we all participate perpetuate bias against the transgender community? How does this pervasive bias, conscious or unconscious, impact the lives of transgender, genderqueer, agender and gender-questioning people? This workshop will create a space where participants can explore the role of cultural values and their own role in creating or envisioning those values.
  • Interpersonal and Sexual Violence in the GLBT Community (2 hours)
    • This workshop is designed to help participants understand the ways that interpersonal and sexual violence is experienced by members of the GLBT community, reasons why GLBT people are less likely to report, and ways to support GLBT survivors.
  • GLBT Violence, Threat Assessment, and Safety Planning (2 hours)
    • Designed for first responders who provide support services to GLBT survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence, this workshop provides an overview of the way abuse manifests within the GLBT community, institutional barriers to reporting for GLBT survivors, and specific strategies for providing support, doing safety planning, and serving as an advocate for GLBT survivors.
  • Supporting Employees in Transition (2 hours)
    • Designed for administrators, executives, supervisors and employees, this workshop provides and overview of gender and sex, the barriers faced by trans individuals during the transition process, common climate concerns transitioning employees face in the workplace, and ways to support an employee or coworker in the workplace.
  • Creating a GLBT-Inclusive Workplace (1 hour)
    • Designed as a professional development opportunity for supervisors and employees, this workshop provides an introduction to sexual orientation and gender identity and outlines actions steps that employers can take to make the workplace more inclusive for GLBT employees.
  • GLBT-Inclusive Healthcare Practices (2 hours)
    • Designed for medical providers, this workshop provides an overview of identity terms related to sex, gender and sexual orientation; the medical needs of the trans community; ways to take a GLBT-inclusive sexual health history; the health disparities within the GLBT community; and ways to provide inclusive care for members of the GLBT community.
  • Shelter For All: Creating a Transgender-Inclusive Environment in Homeless Shelters (3 hours)
    • Designed for employees of community shelters, this workshop provides an overview of the climate faced by transgender people when accessing services at shelters, guidelines for equal access, best practices for policies and paperwork, and strategies for responding to microaggressions and harassment in shelter environments.
  • GLBT-Inclusive Youth Services and Programming (3 hours)
    • Designed for professionals who work with GLBT youth in community or school settings, this workshop is designed to create space for critical reflection on the climate in social and learning environments, the interpersonal skills professionals employ as they engage with you, the interpersonal skills professionals teach youth about how to engage with each other, and strategies for responding when attitudes or actions create environments that are not inclusive.
  • Creating a GLBT-Inclusive K-12 Classroom (3 hours)
    • Designed for current or pre-service educators, this workshop provides an overview of sex, gender and sexual orientation; common issues faced by GLBT students; special concerns related to the coming out process; specific climate barriers for GLBT students in K-12 schools; and strategies for creating inclusive learning environments.

Workshops on Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice

  • Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions (3 hours)
    • The term ‘microaggressions’ is used to refer to the “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative slights and insults” towards members of marginalized communities (people of color, women, GLBT people, people with disabilities, etc.). This workshop will help participants learn how to identify microaggressions, understand their impact, and explore strategies for responding appropriately when they occur.
  • Addressing Harassing Behavior (2 hours)
    • In our work towards equity, it is our responsibility to address and confront harassing behavior as it arises. This two-hour workshop explores the ways in which harassing behavior operates and how it often reinforces systems of oppression towards targeted groups and also provides strategies to interrupt these behaviors as they persist within our society.
  • Providing Inclusive Support Services for Students (3 hours)
    • As we work to create and maintain inclusive environments for students, it is important for each of us to critically self-reflect on how our own attitudes and actions shape the climate our students encounter. This workshop provides an overview of privilege, oppression and intersectionality; asks participants to examine how their own identities impact their lived experiences; asks participants to identify ways their language and behavior can function as barriers to inclusion for others; and engages participants in strategizing about ways to be more intentional about supporting students across a range of social identities.
  • Historical and Contemporary Manifestations of Racism (3 hours)
    • This workshop provides an overview of historical manifestations of oppression, traces their evolution into contemporary forms in operation today, and critically examines the disparate impact that systemic racism has on the lived experiences of communities of color.
  • What is Racial Justice? (2 hours)
    • Ours is a culture of competing conversations: on any given day, we hear people argue that we live in a post-racial society, our news headlines include stories of racial violence, and students on campuses across our country challenge both ongoing racial climate concerns and the lack of appropriate institutional response. This workshop helps participants contextualize these conversations within our specific history of race relations, understand the ways racism operates (interpersonally, culturally, institutionally), and reflect on the ways each of us can and must play a role in creating cultural change.
  • Indistinct Distinctions: Sexism, Heterosexism and Trans Oppression (2 hours)
    • This two-hour workshop will explore the nuanced, interacting aspects of sexism, heterosexism and trans oppression. Participants will learn about the historical manifestations of these systems and how those manifestations have evolved to create the cultural norms we perpetuate today.
  • Recognizing Our Role in Classism (2 hours)
    • Social class is an aspect of identity that too often goes undiscussed and unanalyzed. The impact of class oppression and the dynamics of classism have a profound effect on our daily lives. This workshop helps participants critically examine their own social location with respect to class, increase their understanding of the way classism operates and increases their ability to interrupt classist attitudes and actions.
  • Shifting Our Framework for Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Classroom (2 hours)
    • This workshop is designed to help members of the campus community create more inclusive environments for students with disabilities. The workshop addresses barriers that limit access, the impact of those barriers and concrete strategies for making the classroom more accessible. 
  • Internalized Oppression (2 hours)
    • Internalized oppression refers to the ways that individuals unconsciously learn, accept and reinforce ideas and attitudes that perpetuate inequity and oppression; this includes learned attitudes and actions related to internalized dominance and internalized subordination. This workshop helps participants learn to recognize the everyday, unchallenged assumptions we all make, to understand the impact of our assumptions on our own and others’ lived experiences and how to increase our ability to interrupt these dominant narratives that serve to perpetuate inequity and oppression.
  • Sitting with Privilege (3 hours)
    • We all have multiple identities that impact the way we view the world and the way we are viewed by others. Our lived experiences differ based on what our identities are: our race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic class, sex, religious/spiritual affiliation (or lack thereof), ability status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran status, nationality, immigration status, etc. Some of our identities make it easier for us to be accepted and successful in our society, while other identities make it more difficult. This workshop will help participants critically examine the impact of their identities on their experiences, recognize the barriers they may (or may not) face depending on their identities, identify common behaviors that can perpetuate barriers for others, and explore ways to use their access and opportunity to create space for others
  • Community Accountability (2 hours)
    • There are many ways in which our society holds members accountable for harm, violence, abuse and discrimination, but are those methods equitable and healing? What does it look like to hold a community accountable for a systemic harm? How is that responsibility created, communicated and shared? This two-hour workshop introduces participants to one model of community accountability and begins to explore the answers to these questions.

Workshops on Social Justice Pedagogy

  • Becoming Comfortable with Discomfort: Engaging Students in Difficult Dialogues (2 hours)
    • This workshop provides a general introduction to facilitating difficult dialogues, discusses common reasons for not responding to problematic comments and the impact of not doing so, and provides strategies for engaging in these conversations. The workshop also explores the toll these dialogues can take on facilitators and students and provides tips for creating space to have conversations effectively.
  • Centering Social Identity: Facilitating Dialogue about and from Lived Experience (3 hours)
    • As educators, we often engage students in critical conversations about systemic inequity and how it impacts the lived experiences of marginalized communities. This workshop is designed to provide a social justice-based pedagogical framework for facilitating those dialogues with an understanding of how your own and your students’ social identities will impact the dynamics of those conversations.
  • Unpacking the Cycle of Socialization: Facilitating Dialogue about Cultural Knowledge (3 hours)
    • As educators, our job is to help students understand how cultural knowledge and attitudes are shaped and perpetuated, how those lessons are internalized, and how to disrupt cultural messaging that is oppressive. This workshop is designed to provide a social justice-based pedagogical framework for facilitating those dialogues with an understanding of how power and privilege will manifest and ways to navigate those dynamics while maintaining an environment of both inclusion and challenge.
  • Decentering Power and Privilege: Recognizing and Responding to Resistance to Critical Examinations of Oppression (3 hours)
    • As educators, we often encounter discomfort and resistance to dialogue that names the ways oppression manifests and our role in perpetuating it. This workshop is designed to break down the common types of resistance and to provide a social justice-based pedagogical framework for framing a dialogue about power, privilege and oppression and for moving people through their discomfort during these conversations.
  • Supporting Student Activism: Fostering Resilience through Resistance (2 hours)
    • In an era where students are becoming increasingly vocal about the climate concerns both on campus and in the broader community/nation, professionals in higher education can help students contextualize activism as a way to engage critically with the environments they navigate in order to begin dialogues about much-needed change. This workshop provides an overview of the ways institutions of higher education typically respond to student activism, outlines the learning and development outcomes associated with student activism, and discusses strategies for teaching students how to engage effectively in activism.

Classroom, Residence Hall, and Leadership Presentations (for students)

Workshops and Presentations on GLBT Identity and Inclusion

  • Navigating the Coming Out Process (2 hours)
    • Designed for GLBT students, this workshop explores the nuances of identity in order to increase students’ comfort with their identities, discusses key things to consider about the coming out process, and helps students develop a coming out plan.
  • Understanding Gender and Sexuality (1 hour)
    • This presentation provides an overview of terms associated with sex, gender, and sexual orientation; explores the climate faced by GLBT students; and outlines the resources available on campus and in the local community.
  • GLBT 101 (2 hours)
    • This workshop provides an overview of identity terms associated with the GLBT community, concerns that GLBT students face both in and out of the classroom, and ways that allies can create inclusive environments.
  • GLBT Pronouns 101 (1 hour)
    • This presentation provides an overview of the terms associated with gender identity and expression and covers gender pronoun options and how to use them inclusively.
  • Creating Inclusive Spaces within Fraternities and Sororities (1 hour)
    • This presentation provides an overview of common climate concerns within fraternities and sororities for members of the GLBT community, introduces the concept of heterosexism, and explores its structural manifestations within Greek student organizations.
  • SAFE Chapter (2 hours)
    • This workshop provides an overview of identity terms associated with the GLBT community, common concerns that GLBT students face, and the impact of climate within Greek Life for GLBT members. The workshop also connects inclusion to Greek organization values and provides strategies for creating an inclusive environment within fraternities and sororities for members of the GLBT community.
  • Bridging Community: Support for Queer and Transgender People of Color (1 hour)
    • This presentation helps students understand the barriers and obstacles faced by GLBT students of color; increase their awareness of the way the lived experiences of GLBT individuals are influenced by their race, ethnicity, and class; and learn strategies to better support queer and transgender students of color. 

Workshops and Presentations on Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice

  • Acceptance vs Tolerance: What Does Inclusion Look Like? (2 hours)
    • This workshop for students is designed to help students critically reflect on the interpersonal dynamics of “tolerance” versus “acceptance” and to explore what it means to truly create space for others.
  • Unlearning Diversity: Unpacking the ‘Cultural Baggage’ We’ve Been Taught (2 hours)
    • This workshop will help students think about what they’ve learned about aspects of identity and diversity, critically explore when and how this information was learned, and how this information can impact their ability to work well with others within and across groups and organizations.
  • Living in a World of Words: Conversations about “The Other” and the Cultural Creation of Oppression (2 hours)
    • This workshop helps students critically analyze the way marginalized communities are represented in the media, explore the relationship between the common cultural representations of marginalized communities and the way members of marginalized communities are treated, and increase their understanding of the impact that cultural conversations have on the forms of oppression experienced by marginalized communities.
  • Working with Diverse Populations (2 hours)
    • This workshop introduces students to the concepts of social identity, intersectionality, privilege, and oppression; explores ways students show up in relation to power and privilege and how that impacts their interactions with others; and uses the inclusive leadership model to provide a framework for being intentional about engaging others in ways that create space for them to bring their full, authentic selves.
  • Intersectionality: Understanding Who’s at the Table and How to Make Space for Them (1 hour)
    • This presentation provides a context for students to explore their social identities, how those identities shape their understanding of themselves, how those identities impact the way they are viewed and treated by others, how they view and treat others based on their actual or perceived identities, how identities and oppressions intersect to influence lived experience, and why it’s important to work to be inclusive of all the identities students bring with them into spaces.
  • Understanding Microaggressions (1 hour)
    • This presentation provides an overview of the way microaggressions work, why people often don’t address microaggressions when they occur, examples of common microaggressions experienced by marginalized communities, and ways to avoid committing microaggressions.
  • Unpacking Privilege (2 hours)
    • This workshop for students will increase their understanding of what privilege is, increase their ability to recognize how dominant social identities experience privilege and how subordinated social identities experience oppression, increase their ability to analyze how we are positioned in relation to privilege and oppression across our various social identities, and increase their awareness of the ways we unconsciously perpetuate oppression for others.
  • Historical and Social Legacies that Inform Contemporary Systems of Oppression (1 hour)
    • This presentation traces the evolution of oppression against Native and African American communities from colonization to modern day in order to provide a context for understanding contemporary inequities.
  • Understanding Heterosexism and Cissexism (1 hour)
    • This presentation provides students with an overview of heterosexism and cissexism and illustrates how each system of oppression operates at social, cultural and institutional levels. The presentation also outlines common types of heterosexual and cisgender privilege.
  • Understanding Gender, Cisgender Privilege, and Cissexism (1 hour)
    • This presentation is designed to introduce students to terminology associated with gender; to understand the privileges experienced by individuals who are cisgender; to recognize the way cissexism operates at interpersonal, cultural and institutional levels; and to identify strategies for practicing transgender inclusion.
  • Dismantling White Supremacy in the GLBT Community (1 hour)
    • This presentation explores manifestations of white supremacy within the GLBT community and discusses the impact on and inclusion of communities of color.
  • Being a Social Justice Ally (2 hours)
    • This workshop introduces students to the concepts of social justice, intersectionality, privilege, and oppression. The workshop also explores the ally action continuum and ways to be an active ally for others.
  • The State of Human Rights in North Carolina and Grassroots Activism Opportunities (1 hour)
    • This presentation provides an overview of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights to education, living conditions, asylum, suffrage, living wage, equal protection, and security of person and identifies barriers to fully accessing these rights in North Carolina as well as grassroots efforts to address those barriers.
  • Action Planning for Change (2 hours)
    • This workshop will provide students with an overview of the spheres of influence model as a framework for creating change, introduce a goal progression framework for thinking about the level of impact appropriate for any situation, and guide students through the process of working to create a collaborative action plan for change in response to a targeted goal.

Volunteer, Internship, and Practicum (VIP) Program Presentations (peer education trainings)

  • GLBT Center 101 (1 hour)
    • This presentation highlights the GLBT Center mission, services, resources, programs, and student organizations. It also provides an introduction to GLBT terminology.
  • Coming Out as GLBT (1 hour)
    • This presentation introduces the realities of the coming-out process (and how it’s different for everyone), including the risks and benefits, and offers suggestions for how to respond when a friend comes out to you.
  • Understanding Gender and Sexual Diversity (1 hour)
    • This presentation defines sex, gender, and sexual orientation and provides a detailed introduction to the terminology associated with these topics.
  • Being an Ally (1 hour)
    • This presentation defines the term “ally” and what it means to be an ally to the GLBT community. The presentation offers suggestions for how to be a better ally by outlining ways of confronting oppression and provides knowledge of what resources are available for allies to utilize.
  • Consent and Communication (1 hour)
    • This presentation specifically defines what consent is and addresses common myths about consent. It also provides strategies for positive communication between sexual partners.
  • Leadership and GLBT Inclusion (1 hour)
    • This presentation provides an introduction to basic GLBT terminology and outlines the GLBT Center mission, services, resources, programs, and student organizations. The presentation offers guidelines for student leaders to be intentionally inclusive of diverse identities.
  • Understanding Microaggressions (1 hour)
    • This presentation defines microaggressions and addresses the types of microaggressions experienced by the GLBT community on a daily basis. It offers approaches for recognizing and responding to these microaggressions when they occur.