Gender & Sexuality Center Fall Workshops

The Gender & Sexuality Center: Serving Women & LGBTQA Communities offers open workshops each fall and spring to learn more about and practice creating safer and more welcoming campus and communities with and among women and LGBTQA+ people. I am sharing the workshop information here for you to consider attending and for you to share with others who may be interested.

Gender & Sexuality Center: Serving Women & LGBTQA Communities
GSC Open Workshops, Fall 2016
These workshops are open to and designed for all UT students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
Taught by the GSC Education Team: http://ddce.utexas.edu/genderandsexuality/education/meet-the-team/
Please RSVP for Open Workshops: http://tinyurl.com/GSCWorkshops16F
*Or request a workshop for your unit/department/center/class/organization: http://tinyurl.com/GSCWorkshopRequest

LGBTQA+ Identities, Ally Toolkit Part 1 (Tu 9/6, 9-11a, SZB 284)
In this intersectional workshop for LGBTQA+ and non-LGBTQA+ identified people, you will learn and practice a series of vocabulary tools for your support of LGBTQA+ justice in your classrooms, offices, and conversations. You will learn and practice describing the differences between assigned sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and romantic orientation; you will reflect on your own identities. You will practice identifying – and enacting bystander intervention in – microaggressions around gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and romantic orientation. And you will set your intention for inclusive language (including pronouns) for your communities. You will also learn about existing and necessary campus resources for LGBTQA+ people. Attend this workshop on its own or continue on to Practicing Allyship (Ally Toolkit Part 2) with the option to join Allies in Action. LGBTQA+ Identities (Ally Toolkit Part 1) is a prerequisite for Practicing Allyship (Ally Toolkit Part 2).

Identifying & Interrupting Everyday Sexism (Th 9/15, 2-3:30p, GAR 0.132)
Workshop participants will learn about and practice identifying how sexism affects each of us. We will discuss what sexism is, how—in large and small ways—it diminishes women’s and femme people’s quality of life, and how different women and femme people experience sexism differently. We will talk about how sexism affects people of all genders through social expectations about gender roles and gender expression. This interactive workshop also engages participants in describing how racism, homophobia, and transphobia amplify and are interconnected with sexism.

Histories of & Accountability to Transfeminisms (Th 9/22, 12:30-2p, SAC 2.120)
In this workshop we will learn a little bit about the history and work of transfeminists as central to feminist movements, and we will build our understanding of and practice strategies for interrupting transphobia, transmisogyny, and cisgenderism (both inside and outside of feminist spaces). We will define terms and reflect on our own gender identities, gender-based privilege, and experiences of oppression in order to understand how transphobia, transmisogyny, and cisgenderism operate, how these oppressions are part of sexism, and how vital transfeminisms are to all feminist projects.

LGBTQA+ Identities, Ally Toolkit Part 1 (M 10/3, 1-3p, PAR 103)
In this intersectional workshop for LGBTQA+ and non-LGBTQA+ identified people, you will learn and practice a series of vocabulary tools for your support of LGBTQA+ justice in your classrooms, offices, and conversations. You will learn and practice describing the differences between assigned sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and romantic orientation; you will reflect on your own identities. You will practice identifying – and enacting bystander intervention in – microaggressions around gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and romantic orientation. And you will set your intention for inclusive language (including pronouns) for your communities. You will also learn about existing and necessary campus resources for LGBTQA+ people. Attend this workshop on its own or continue on to Practicing Allyship (Ally Toolkit Part 2) with the option to join Allies in Action. LGBTQA+ Identities (Ally Toolkit Part 1) is a prerequisite for Practicing Allyship (Ally Toolkit Part 2).

Pronouns, Inclusive Language, & UT Policies: Creating LGBTQA+ Inclusive Workplaces & Communities (Tu 10/11, 12-1p, SZB 426)
In this workshop, we will share tools for creating gender and sexuality inclusive work and classroom spaces, and we will share UT policies and practices you can use and share. We hope all faculty and staff will benefit from this space to discuss your daily practice. (This workshop is an in-depth look at tools mentioned briefly in Ally Toolkit Part 1: LGBTQA+ Identities.)

Practicing Allyship, Ally Toolkit Part 2 (Th 10/27, 1-3p, SAC 2.120)
In this workshop for LGBTQA+, straight, and cisgender people (and people whose identities overlap), you will learn and practice interrupting systemic oppression of LGBTQA+ people in your classrooms, offices, and conversations. You will learn about and practice identifying how multiple systems of oppression (including racism, ableism, classism, and sexism) overlap with heterosexism and cisgenderism on our campus. You will reflect on your own social identities, your relationship with systems of oppression, and your roles in interrupting oppression to make campus safer and more welcoming for all LGBTQA+ communities. At the end of this workshop, you will have the opportunity to sign the Ally Program Pledge and receive the Ally Card. Prerequisite: LGBTQA+ Identities (Ally Toolkit Part 1). Note: This workshop is available only for people who self-select or volunteer to attend. If you supervise someone whom you would like to see build their familiarity with LGBTQA+ terms and concepts, please advise them to attend the LGBTQA+ Identities (Ally Toolkit Part 1) workshop.

Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Fluid Sexualities: Resisting Monosexism (Th 11/17 , 12:30-2p, SZB 422)
In this workshop we will talk about bisexuality and pansexuality, terms people use to describe their attraction to people of more than one gender. You will learn a little bit about the history and work of bisexual advocates, and you will build your understanding of and practice strategies for interrupting biphobia and bi-erasure (both inside and outside of LGBTQA+ communities). We will brainstorm actions for supporting the work of bisexual and pansexual advocates to make UT a more welcoming place for bisexual and pansexual people.

Practicing Allyship, Ally Toolkit Part 2 (Tu 12/6, 11a-1p, SZB 524)
In this workshop for LGBTQA+, straight, and cisgender people (and people whose identities overlap), you will learn and practice interrupting systemic oppression of LGBTQA+ people in your classrooms, offices, and conversations. You will learn about and practice identifying how multiple systems of oppression (including racism, ableism, classism, and sexism) overlap with heterosexism and cisgenderism on our campus. You will reflect on your own social identities, your relationship with systems of oppression, and your roles in interrupting oppression to make campus safer and more welcoming for all LGBTQA+ communities. At the end of this workshop, you will have the opportunity to sign the Ally Program Pledge and receive the Ally Card. Prerequisite: LGBTQA+ Identities (Ally Toolkit Part 1). Note: This workshop is available only for people who self-select or volunteer to attend. If you supervise someone whom you would like to see build their familiarity with LGBTQA+ terms and concepts, please advise them to attend the LGBTQA+ Identities (Ally Toolkit Part 1) workshop.

Please RSVP for Workshops: http://tinyurl.com/GSCWorkshops16F

Thank you for sharing the word of these workshops.
Best,
Kristen

Kristen Hogan, PhD | Pronouns: she, her, hers
Education Coordinator
Gender & Sexuality Center: Serving Women & LGBTQA Communities
The University of Texas at Austin
512.232.1790 | hogank@austin.utexas.edu

Author of The Feminist Bookstore Movement: Lesbian Antiracism & Feminist Accountability (Duke University Press 2016)

“The fact is that there is no other work but the work of creating and re-creating ourselves within the context of community.” – M. Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing (Duke University Press 2006)