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LGBTQ Issues in Schools Discussed Dec. 6

Educational Symposium Features Expert Speakers, CSUF Student and Parent Voices

Nov. 18, 2013

What: "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: On Your Campus and in Your Classroom" is the focus of an educational symposium Dec. 6 featuring expert speakers, including keynote Ronni Sanlo, author, activist and publisher; workshops; and presentations by Cal State Fullerton students and faculty members.

Why: The symposium, open to the public, will address the educational concerns of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in K-12 schools and colleges. The symposium is presented by the College of Education's Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership (C-REAL) in celebration of the center's fifth anniversary.

When: Friday, Dec. 6
8 a.m.– 3 p.m.

Embassy Suites, 900 E. Birch St., Brea, 92821

Why: "Educational concerns for LGBTQ students exist in our schools and colleges. Issues include harassment, invisibility, the 'coming out' process, gender neutral restrooms, creating safe spaces for interaction, bullying, violence, negative stereotypes about social characteristics and academic potential," Person said. "The purpose of this symposium is to bring together a series of expert speakers and panelists to address these issues that affect our communities and schools."

Welcome Remarks
8:30 a.m. College of Education Dean Claire C. Cavallaro and Dawn Person , C-REAL director and professor of educational leadership.

Keynote Speaker
8:45 a.m. "Sexual Orientation 101 in K-12 or Who's in my Classroom?" is the topic of Ronni Sanlo's presentation. Sanlo, an expert on sexual orientation issues in education and higher education, was a driving force behind development of a CSUF online professional development course on "Understanding and Addressing Bullying" and also taught in the College of Education's educational leadership program. She is the founding chair of the Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals and originator of the Lavender Graduation, which celebrates LGBT graduating college students. Sanlo is also a workshop presenter on "LGBT 101: Theory, Life and Creating Safe Schools."

Panel Discussion
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Karyl E. Ketchum , CSUF assistant professor of women and gender studies, who, with Sanlo, developed the online course to address bullying, will moderate a panel discussion with Cal State Fullerton students and Lori Duron, author of "Raising My Rainbow: Adventures in Raising a Fabulous, Gender Creative Son" and an Orange County mother of a transgender child. The panel members will discuss the differences among gender identity, gender expression and biological sex, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Workshop Sessions and Presenters
10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Masen Davis, executive director, Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, will present "Transgender Issues in the Classroom and On Campus." The session will include a presentation about common issues facing transgender students, followed by recommended practices and policies to create inclusive learning environments.

Mimi Hoang, staff psychologist, Loyola Marymount University, will present "Why the 'B' in LGBT Matters: Working with Bisexual and Questioning College Students." Hoang will discuss tools to use in the classroom, workplace or program to become a better ally to bisexual individuals.

Vincent E. Vigil, director of campus organizations at UC Irvine, will present "Intersectionality Work for a Campus Community." This interactive workshop focuses on intervention strategies to address the "intersectionality" of LGBT identities through various practices and techniques.

Cost: $30 for students; $80 for professionals and community members. Seating is limited. Registration and more information are available online or by calling 657-278-8510.

Sponsors: CSUF's Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Associated Students Inc., Department of Women and Gender Studies, Educational Leadership Department and the Higher Education Leadership Organization.

About C-REAL: The center conducts extensive research on access, equity, social justice and success for preschool through graduate school student populations and educational leadership. Undergrads, master's students and doctoral candidates are involved in research efforts. 

Media Contacts:
Dawn Person, 657-278-8510 or 657-278-4023
Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027

Tags:  Academics & Research