DAIS June 2013 Cultural Competency Training

ImageHello DAIS advocates!  It was a pleasure to facilitate a dialogue on cultural competency at your 2013 summer training.  Please leave a comment letting me know any comments/questions/suggestions for improvement and enjoy a copy of the powerpoint a used by clicking Cultural Competency DAIS 2013.




Sun Prairie School District Professional Development, Monday February 25, 2013

nongender grouping picIt was such a pleasure to engage so many of the Sun Prairie school district’s support staff in deeper dialogue about gender, sexuality and how to support these aspects of every student’s identity,  It was truly an honor to facilitate the beginning of the process of evaluating the many ways in which schools can support at-risk youth with such a dedicated and intelligent group of individuals.  I hope you found our work together as enlightening as I did!

Below are some additional resources you might find beneficial as you continue down this path as a community.

Here are some Tips for supporting LGBTQ Youth and parents

Here some ways in which you can work on creating a more supportive school climate in addition to a list of resources that will also serve you in pursuit of this long term goal.  I cannot recommend my colleagues at GSAFE enough!

Creating Supportive Environments plus resources links

Lastly, here is a revised copy of the handout on some of the most salient findings from the National YRBS data (YRBS comparison data).  Find the full report, here (National YRBS comparisons of heterosexual vs same-sex youth).

Thanks again for your time and attention.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

Cultural Competency Trainings at DAIS and RCC, Spring 2013

ARZone.netOppressionSignI just finished presenting workshops on cultural competency and cultural humility for the spring volunteer training cohorts at first Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS), and then at the Rape Crisis Center (RCC).   The groups were attentive, engaging and (as always), wonderfully challenging.  I am glowing and energized by the comments, questions and general dialogue that emerged!

I’ve attached some resources to supplemental readings linked below for you to download if you are interested, and have listed some recommended readings if you so desire to take your learning further.


Intro to Cultural Competency, Humility

Inclusive Conversations About Sexual Violence

Adolescent Health Symposium 2013

Thanks for your participation and insights at Friday’s Adolescent Health Symposium put on by the UW Oshkosh Office of Continuing Education and Extension, in cooperation with UW-La Crosse’s Department of Health Education and Health Promotion and Community Health, Continuing Education and Extension, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

I really enjoyed all of the insights and suggestions discussed at the end of each workshop!

If you are interested in using any of the materials I presented, please feel free to click on the following link to download my powerpoint.  *Please note* that I’ve added a list of resources to the end of the presentation as well as some recommendations for directing families on how to provide meaningful support to their LGBTQ youth.

And don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or help with capacity building at your organization.  If I’m not the best person for your needs, it’s likely I know someone who is!

2013 Youth Health Symposium Slides to Share

Also, here are copies of some of the research reports I cited:

The original CDC 2001-2009 Nationwide report:  CDC same vs het across the US

The Wisconsin-specific findings:  Wi Sexual Behavior Data 2009 YRBS

The Anchorage LGBT Discrimination Survey: Anchorage LGBT survey

The National Transgender Discrimination Survey: Injustice at Every Turn