In this virtual training, learn about creating safe, inclusive spaces at work, school, and in your community. Gain an understanding of key terms surrounding safe spaces and LGBTQIA+ while exploring your own identity and become more self-aware.
|Series||Building Cultural Intelligence Certificate Series|
Acknowledge and learn what it takes to create Safe, Inclusive Spaces
Safe Spaces have become a focus of conversation whether it be in campus climates at educational institutes or organizations looking to foster a sense of inclusion. Amidst the sometimes contentious debate, one fact remains: exploring one’s own identities and how they implicitly and explicitly interact with others is key to self‐awareness, increased productivity, and equitable environments.
This safe space training focuses on people who are LGBTQIA+ and the diverse, complex communities this acronym represents. Research shows when supported in the classroom/school/workplace, people who are LGBTQIA+ exhibit far less anxiety, depression, and suicidality. Moreover, supportive environments result in overwhelmingly positive outcomes: people who are LGBTQIA+ miss less school or work, are more productive and earn higher grades.
Safe spaces allow marginalized people to be heard and to contribute more freely. This safe space training caters to varying levels of experience. Whether unpacking the LGBTQIA+ acronym for the first time, further honing your skills as an ally or someone who identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, we will work together to curate sustainable change–one safe space at a time.
Some terms and topics we will discuss include:
- Social justice and creating sustainable change
- Gender identify, gender expression, sexual orientation, and gender roles
- Intersectionality, power, and oppression
- The queer legal landscape
This is a Tier 1 program in a 3-program series. It can be taken on its own or you can take all three programs to earn a certificate in ‘Building Cultural Intelligence’.
Who Should Attend
Business and organization employees and supervisors, educators, social workers, other human health services employees, health care providers
Dr. Christopher Jorgenson (he/him/his) has been director of the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center for nine years. 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.
Jodi Thesing‐Ritter is the executive director for diversity and inclusion at the University of Wisconsin‐Eau Claire. She provides leadership for diversity and inclusion for the campus, supervises the campus college access and success program‐ Blugold Beginnings, facilitates the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, teaches in the Women’s Studies and Honors programs, and provides ongoing training and development on issues of diversity and inclusion. Her research on the UW‐Eau Claire Civil Rights Pilgrimage has been published in the book‐ Dark Tourism and Pilgrimage. Jodi received a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Columbia University and an education specialist degree from UW‐Stout. She was honored with the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Excellence award from UW‐Eau Claire and has received the UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award for her work with Blugold Beginnings. Her strengths are Activator, Developer, Strategic, Positivity, and Achiever.