Building Gender Inclusive Boarding Communities: Parts 1 & 2
This 3-hour virtual workshop, delivered over two days, is designed to establish basic understandings of gender diversity and approaches for applying them to professional practice. Through direct presentation, video clips of youth and others talking about gender, and group reflection and discussion, this workshop takes participants through a review of basics gender concepts and terminology. With this solid background in place, the session describes concrete methods for applying the lens of gender diversity to school settings.
PART ONE: The Dimensions of Gender: An Evolving Discourse (90 minutes)
o Presentation of key terminology and concepts related to gender
o Reflection on personal beliefs and experiences with gender o Tracking Guide for capturing major concepts and themes o Overview of gender literacy concepts o Facilitated discussion about gender literacy
PART TWO: Perspective to Practice – Creating Gender Inclusive Schools (90 minutes)
o Training that builds on understanding of basic concepts of gender and applies them to school settings
o Introduction to Framework for Gender Inclusive Schools and related tools and resources
o Discussion of strategies related to supporting transgender and other gender-expansive youth
o Approaches for responding to questions and concerns raised by your staff, community, and other stakeholders
I am thrilled to be a part of the Gender Spectrum (GS) team! As a queer, non-binary person of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, I struggled growing up to find folx whose gender experience mirrored my own. As the youngest of three children, and the only child raised as a girl, I quickly learned what was deemed appropriate gender behavior for me and what was not. So when I first learned about Gender Spectrum, I couldn’t help but imagine how much heartache I could have been spared if an organization like GS had existed when I was younger. Because of this, my wish for all people, but most especially, young people is: that the world they inherit be one where they are able to grow into themselves and their gender, free from expectation, limitation, and judgment, and full of joy and acceptance.