Workshops 2016

How to Find a LGBT+ Friendly Employer Tatiana Leavitt

Employment can empower you, but not if you feel like you can’t bring your whole self to work. Join this session to learn about the top five things to consider when seeking an LGBT+ Friendly Employer. Opportunities for discussion and Q&A.

Hear Me OUT: The Necessity of Safe Spaces for Communication and Dialogue Marlon Johnson, Logan Mahan, & Nancy Thacker

We often hold the right to have free speech, but we often forget the importance of listening. In many cases, great hurt or healing can be done to our self-worth and mental health in the spaces where we expect to be heard and our experiences valued. This presentation will focus on the art of communication and its implications for mental health, community engagement and safe spaces for LGBT identity development. Prepare to engage in an experiential workshop where participants will have the opportunity to experience a brief dialogue and learn to facilitate empathy, vulnerability and action.

Examining the Critical Intersectionality of Racism, Heterosexism, and Homophobia in Academia: A Queer-Crit Perspective of Anti-Bullyism to Promote Social Justice for Queer People of Color in Higher Education Mitsunori Misawa, Ph.D.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with a better understanding of the intersectionality of racism, heterosexism, and homophobia in higher education. In particular, this workshop addresses academic bullying related to that intersection from a queer-crit perspective and addresses the following questions: 1) What is the intersection of racism, heterosexism, and homophobia? 2) How does racist homophobic bullying impact queer people of color? and 3) In what ways can administrators, faculty, staff, and students in higher education deal with bullying? This workshop also provides some implications for research and practice in higher education.

State of the state re: LGBTQ+ issues and accessing culturally competent health care in a hostile political environment Leticia Y. Flores, Shane Bierma, & Maggie Farley

In 2016, Tennessee legislature attacked LGBTQ+ rights and defunded the Office of Diversity. Additionally, Tennessee instituted the first bill to legally protect counselors who refuse to treat LGBTQ+ patients and others whose identities conflict with counselors’ “principles.” This forum will discuss the implications of these bills and the negative impact on LGBTQ+ individuals’ mental health and rights. Additionally, it will discuss the diminished resources available for LGBTQ+ individuals and the difficulties this presents, especially with individuals transitioning. The talk will provide information on resources available to LGBTQ+ individuals in Knoxville and surrounding area, as well as discussing the WPATH standards for healthcare for Trans individuals. Presenters will provide local medical and mental health resources for LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as support resources.

Evaluating the Needs of the Pride Center to Encourage a Caring Campus Climate Kevin Kidder & Sondra LoRe

During the 2015-16 year, students, faculty, and staff of the University of Tennessee came together to empower the LGBTQ+ community on campus. Simultaneously, students in the Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement program here at UT designed a needs assessment for the Pride Center. Combining valuable feedback on surveys and sharing vulnerable stories in focus groups, a quality report on the needs of the Pride Center was produced.  This workshop will not only share the successes of the needs assessment but will empower others to harness these evaluation tools in their own research and design of LGBTQ+ Centers and communities.  

Epistemic Injustice and the Imperative of (LGBT+) Inclusion in Higher Education Alex Richardson & Elizabeth Williams

In this talk, we will explore an often under-theorized feature of the structural oppression of LGBT+ people: epistemic injustice. We will argue along several vectors that diversity in admissions and enrollment as well as the comprehensive socio-epistemic inclusion of marginalized populations combine to form a crucial moral and political imperative for the university as a fundamental social institution in a contemporary democracy.