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 training. Lavender Leaders are formally trained to speak on LGBTQ and other social justice topics/issues. Typical sessions can 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 training, sports teams, religious organizations, Greek organizations, student groups and other campus communities.
Below is a list of our current workshops/training programs. If you are interested in a topic not listed below, please email email@example.com to discuss a program for your class, department, or organization. If you need assistance with selecting a workshop for your class, department or student organization, please call the LGBTQ Center at 973 655-7916.
Due to the time needed to coordinate effective programs, we kindly request you submit applications at least three weeks in advance. While there is no guarantee, we will do our best to accommodate your request!
General Diversity Workshops
- Circles of My Multicultural Self
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 statements that heal and empower us. This lesson is great for the Diversity lesson in GNED 199.
- 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. Note: This workshop is only available to student organizations and departments. Please do not request this workshop for classes. A large open space will be needed for this workshop (no classes, lecture halls, etc.).
- Identity Signs
This activity asks students to identify their salient identities based on particular circumstances. Understanding how our different identities intersect, interact and affect our daily lives is at the core of this interactive workshop. This lesson is great for the Diversity lesson in GNED 199.
- Language Matters – A Workshop on Microaggressions
Microaggressions have been defined as brief everyday exchanges, often unintentional and automatic, that send negative messages to individuals because of their group/identity membership (e.g., due to race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, etc.). Participants of this session will examine phrases like “That’s so gay,” “That’s ghetto,” “That’s retarded,” etc., to better understand their harm and identify ways to confront these microaggressions so that we create a more inclusive campus environment.
- 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.
- Targets of Oppression
Targets of Oppression is a social justice workshop that examines stereotypes and oppression from all angles. Participants in this often emotional, interactive session will process, confront and heal from various forms of oppression in a safe space, and collectively construct strategies that will create change. Note: This workshop is only available to student organizations and departments. Please do not request this workshop for classes. A large open space will be needed for this workshop (no classes, lecture halls, etc.).
- Creating Inclusive Campus Environments – Faculty only session
This program is designed to help faculty identify ways they can make their classrooms more inclusive for LGBTQ+ students. Terminology, pronouns and useful tips for developing syllabi and confronting microaggressions in class are discussed in this workshop. Campus resources and referral service information is also reviewed.
- LGBTQ BINGO
This program educates participants on LGBTQ terminology through the game BINGO. LGBTQ terms are listed on boards in place of numbers and folks compete for prizes while testing their LGBTQ terminology knowledge.
- LGBTQ Center 411
This session provides an overview of all the programs, resources and services available through the LGBTQ Center. This session is great for department-specific training or meetings.
- LGBTQ Coming Out Panel
What does it mean when someone comes out of the closet? This panel of LGBTQ speakers will share their personal narratives and coming out stories.
- LGBTQ Terminology Review
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.
- PGP 101: Practicing Gender Pronouns
What are gender pronouns and why are they so important? This interactive workshop provides an overview of traditional and gender-inclusive pronouns and provides a safe space for folks to practice using gender inclusive pronouns. Come learn why pronouns matter and have fun in the process!
- Trans 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.
- Using Your 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.