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Wednesday, December 2 • 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Creating Inclusive Extension Programs and Professionals: Bridging Connections to LGBTQ+ Communities

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Cooperative Extension programs should be inclusive for clientele of all demographics. As we know, our programs are required to meet Affirmative Action and non-discrimination requirements in our employment practices and program offerings. These requirements protect individuals regardless of their sex and sexual orientation. To meet these requirements, it is important for extension professionals to have the language and knowledge necessary to ensure that their programs are positive and supportive environments that provide physical, mental, and emotional safety for individuals who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

This workshop will teach participants to create inclusive programs and spaces where all individuals, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, can work together and/or learn together to address local, regional, and national needs. Session Purpose: In this session, participants will learning about creating safe, inclusive spaces for individuals, who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Session Objectives: 1. Discuss the historical roots and the positive and negative uses of language as it relates to the LGBTQ+ community. 2. Review current findings from research with individuals in the LGBT community. 3. Present the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. 4. Describe unique learning and safety needs of individuals who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. 5. Outline practical steps to create safe spaces for individuals who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. Audience Engagement: This session will utilize some lecture as an instructional method; however, participants will also engage in reflections, scenarios, written exercises, and small group discussion. This workshop will provide concrete steps for individuals to take (and help them in taking the first steps) to creating safe spaces for individuals who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community in their own program settings. Beyond simply providing a list of steps to take in the future, participants will work together in small groups to address these steps in relationship to their own programs and clientele.

Experiential Learning Model: This workshop will utilize the following steps to create an experiential and inquiry-based learning environment for workshop participants: 1) Participants will voluntarily choose to attend this session; 2) Participants will experience a scenario-based, hands-on identity game to understand the variety of experiences individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ may face; 3) Whenever possible information will be shared using inquiry-led practices, including open-ended questions; 4) Participants will process through guided and self-directed reflection; 5) Participants will generalize through small group discussions about their own experiences; 6) Participants will prepare to apply their learning by considering how to implement steps to creating safe spaces in their own program.

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Katherine Soule

University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources Division

Wednesday December 2, 2015 1:45pm - 3:15pm

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