2014 Workshops & Presentations


Including Transgender Student Athletes in Collegiate/Intramural Athletics
Presenters: Kelly O'Connor and Michael Daley
Participation in athletics provides student-athletes a unique and positively powerful experience. As a higher educational association, the NCAA and its member institutions govern athletics programs in accordance with the Association's core mission to assure safe and equitable opportunities for participation. 377 Colleges and Universities in the United States have non-discrimination policies that include gender identity/expression. Are the current NCAA policies and federal laws effective in including all transgender student athletes?

Why Come Out?  And Why Not?
Presenter: Cindy Meneghin
What's the big deal?  Why don't some gay/lesbian people come out?  Should gay/lesbian people be forced to come out?  Are you really gay/lesbian if you don't come out?


The "A" Word
Presenters: Brian Edwards and Stacy Wahlstrom
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.

Embracing the Spectrum: Understanding Multiple Identities within the LGBTQ Community
Presenter: Carlos Flores
This interactive workshop will serve as a space to explore the diversity of the LGBTQ community. Participants will have the opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of their own identities, as well as explore the intersection of identities within the LGBTQ community. The workshop will also allow for the exploration of biases, assumptions, and microaggresions that lead to oppression. Participants will walk away with a greater appreciation for the diversity within the LGBTQ community, a deeper understanding of how assumptions negatively impact LGBTQ-identified individuals, and a "toolbox" of effective strategies for challenging these assumptions in everyday life.


Unintended Heteronormativity and Homonormativity: Understanding Invisibility and Identity on a College Campus
Presenter: Jamie Sommer
How do students understand their own, and their peer's sexual identities? What are the social and cultural influences on sexual identity? What does all of this even mean? This poster presentation will discuss all of those questions and more. 

Promoting LGBTQ Awareness in Math and Science Education: What we can learn from Alan Turing
Presenter: Jason McManus
How do we make mathematics and science classrooms Safe[r] Spaces? One method is to challenge heteronormativity in the classroom and curriculum. This poster explores ways of meeting that challenge through the history of Alan Turing, a mathematician and developer of computer technology. Turing, who served Allied forces during WWII as a Nazi code-breaker, was charged as a criminal of British laws against homosexuality after the war. Campaigns to pardon Turing of this crime were finally successful on December 24, 2013. Yet, traditional classrooms remain silent about his fascinating and tragic story.

LGBTQ Considerations for Mental Health Professionals
Presenter: Anna Verdes-Montenegro
This poster presentation will give mental health professionals working in a variety of settings, including private practice and school settings, the resources they need to better serve the LGBTQA Community. Empirically supported intervention methods will be explored as well as simple methods of being more inclusive and supportive.




‌Lillian Rivera

ith a decade’s worth of experience in youth development, Lillian Rivera is currently the Director of Advocacy and Capacity Building at the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), the nation's oldest and largest LGBTQ youth serving agency with sites in New York City and Newark New Jersey.


"T": Where Do Trans Women of Color Fit on the LGBTQ Spectrum
Presenter: Jessie Andre
Systematic mislabeling, ignorance, stigma, discrimination, economic disparities, legal injustices, HIV risk, sex work.  Where does T fall in LGBTQ spectrum? What about women of color within the trans community? Why are we failing at reaching this population?

Watch Yo MOUF!
Presenter: Ali Longo
Most every student could keep a daily tally of how many times "Hey F*G!", "Watch out ret***!" and "That's so g*y!" lingers in the distance of every hallway, sidewalk and stairwell. What most students cannot numerically value is how these hateful words affect their emotions and daily lives. Join this eye-opening and interactive discussion to brainstorm creative and critical ways to change students' perspective and deconstruct modern-day hateful language. Let's create a safer space for safer expression.


Arts and Literature Collaboration: Building Open LGBTQ Communities
Presenter: Shelagh Patterson
Learn how to build open queer communities using art and writing.  In this workshop, we will look at a few recent collaborations between writers and artists as models for projects to build community here on campus. Join as we use art and writing to positively transform our worlds. 

Hypermasculinity: A Critique on Male Culture
Presenters: Glenn Dungan and Michael Klein
The phenomenon of male culture plays a significant role within the American society. As a result of history's shaping of what is considered "masculinity" through the conduit of media, we as program facilitators desire to illustrate the deterring effects of individuals in our society trying too hard to fit these roles. This seminar will include evidence as to why the concept of "hyper-masculinity" is detrimental to our culture as well as how feminism interacts within and works positively against this paradigm. The program seeks to empower attendants to challenge to currently existing status quo of "masculinity."