In this two-day seminar, we will explore what it means to be transgender. Health and human services professionals will learn the difficulties transgender people face and how we can best support and advocate for the transgender community.
|Aug. 8, 2024 – Aug. 9, 2024
This program meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Zoom.
Learn what it means to truly be inclusive and understanding
According to the Williams Institute, the leading research center on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy, there are 1.6 million people 13 and older who identify as transgender in the U.S. Mass media has played a key role in raising awareness of transgender people, but there is still much to learn about the challenges they face. How can we best support and understand the needs of people who are transgender?
In this program, we will define, explore, and provide ample space for questions about what it is like to grow up transgender. Through this jam-packed and interactive approach to often confusing concepts, we will explore:
- The difference between sex and gender, from both a biological and cultural standpoint
- The transgender legal landscape: current and future challenges
- The experiences/challenges of transgender youth
- The role of human services, health care, and education professionals in caring/advocating for the transgender community
Who should attend
Healthcare professionals, counselors, social workers, educators, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and anyone interested in learning more about the transgender community.
Dr. Christopher Jorgenson (he/him/his) currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Leadership. Under his leadership, UW-Eau Claire has been ranked #3 nationally and is currently ranked #1 statewide for LGBTQIA+ inclusion and student experience (for a third consecutive year). He chairs the Queer & Trans Action Committee (QTAC) and Bias Incident Reporting Team (BIRT), teaches in the Honors and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) programs, and regularly collaborates with campus and community partners. Jorgenson's approach to social justice advocacy prioritizes critical self-reflection, embracing discomfort, and developing cultural humility. He often emphasizes the importance of balance, carving out opportunities to celebrate communities whose identities are too often denigrated and marginalized. Dr. Jorgenson received his Ed.D. in Student Affairs Administration and Leadership, with a focus on underrepresented student populations within higher education, and regularly travels throughout the United States to speak on issues of queerness, power, oppression, privilege, and intersectionality.