Lavender Leaders Workshops

Montclair State University’s Lavender Leader Program strives to eliminate prejudice and discrimination within the campus community through the development and presentation of education-based workshops and trainings that are uniquely interspersed with the leaders’ personal narratives and intersections of identity, providing peers with a comprehensive understanding and personal connection to privilege, social justice, and allyship.

Lavender Leaders are formally trained to speak on LGBTQ issues for the Montclair State and Northern NJ community. Typical sessions will include personal stories and experiences, information on campus resources for LGBTQA persons, and a question and answer period. Lavender Leaders are perfect speakers for residence halls, academic classrooms, leadership trainings, sports teams, religious organizations, Greek organizations, student groups and other campus communities. Here are a few topics you can request right now:

  • Asexuality and Romantic Orientation: An estimated 70 million people identify as asexual, a sexual orientation characterized by an absence of feelings of sexual attraction. Workshop attendees will develop foundational knowledge on asexual terminology regarding romantic attraction and affectional orientation, and will examine and dismantle stereotypes that make it difficult for asexual people to exist openly in society. Participants will acquire a better understanding of their personal gaps in knowledge on asexuality, and be better skilled at creating more safe, inclusive spaces for asexual people.

  • Coming Out 101: What does it mean when someone comes out of the closet? What is that experience like for many LGBTQ people? Learn about coming out identity models and participate in discussions and activities that will provide insight to the coming out process so that you can better support LGBTQ people.

  • Cross the Line: This interactive, activity based workshop focuses on the personal experiences of participants and examines how our trials and tribulations shape the people we are today. Empathy, connectedness, and healing are at the core of this introspective workshop experience. 

  • Identity, Multiculturalism, and Seterotypes: In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to better understand their multicultural selves and the multicultural identities of others. Stereotypes are discussed and dismantled through activities to heal and empower us.

  • Intersectionality: What is intersectionality? How can we be intersectional in our work? This session focuses on the importance of intersectionality in social justice work for campus administrators, teachers, and student leaders.

  • LGBTQ Terminology and Bullying: We all have experience with LGBTQ terminology... This workshop provides the space for us to talk about the origin of our lgbtq terminology knowledge, the feelings we experience surrounding those words, and the bullying that often accompanies those experiences. Attendees of this workshop will obtain advanced level education on the terminology used to describe various sexuality and gender identities that exist today, and will obtain skills and tips on how to address microagressions and inappropriate comments in this highly interactive session. 

  • Power and Privilege: Participants in this interactive, activity-based workshop will be able to define "power" and "privilege," have the opportunity to identify and examine some of their own privileges, learn from one another through shared personal experiences, and identify ways to use their privilege to dismantle oppression. 

  • Safe Space Training: Through personal reflection, development, education, and action, participants of this highly interactive, intensive training will obtain the following learning outcomes: be able to differentiate between sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation; describe ways they can create more inclusive campus and classroom environments for LGBTQ people; be knowledgeable about support and referral sources; utilize inclusive and affirming language regarding sexual and gender identities; and begin to examine and understand their own privileges. Recommended best practices such as access to gender inclusive bathrooms, utilizing correct names and pronouns, and supporting LGBTQ students through the creation of intentional LGBTQ programming will also be discussed.

  • Sex vs. Gender vs. Sexuality: Sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are separate identities that are oftentimes misunderstood and confusing to folks. In this workshop, we will start to dispel the stereotypes associated with with sex, gender, and sexuality and gain greater insight to these identities through individual mapping. Sex, gender, and sexuality terminology are also covered in this interactive session.

  • Starting a GSA: Looking to start a Gay Straight Alliance on your campus? This workshops provides details for students and advisors on how to build the foundation for your student organization. Choosing a name for your organization, developing program ideas, and where to find additional, important resources are available in this seminar.

  • The Lavender Lens: LGBTQ Inclusive Programming: Whether you are looking for LGBTQ-specific programs or interested in finding out how you can enhance your current programming to include LGBTQ people and issues, this workshop will present just that and more! Not only will participants be able to identify ways they can create more inclusive programs, participants will be able to identify easy, inclusive ways they can intentionally educate the campus community through programs, observances, and activities that are fun and engaging for the entire community.

  • Transgender 101: "Transgender" is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of identities but what do those identities mean and how can we best support our transgender students? Participants in this foundational workshop will leave with a better understanding of transgender terminology, the issues that affect transgender students and their families, and will be able to identify ways they can create inclusive spaces for trans people on their campuses. Bathrooms, names, and gender pronouns will also be discussed in this session. 

Discussions can be tailor-made for specific LGBTQ topics.
For more information on this program, please email edwardsb@mail.montclair.edu.