Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: Creating Inclusive Environments
Given the national discourse around LGBTQ+ rights and the #MeToo movement, many nonprofits are exploring how they can create more inclusive environments and foster greater gender equity in the workplace. This interactive, fun workshop will explore issues around gender bias, gender identity and sexual orientation and how biases around these topics can impact organizational policies and practices.
- Examine personal and societal biases, conscious and unconscious, about gender and sexuality and what impact those biases have on our work
- Explore existing challenges related to gender equity and LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and the resilience of these communities
- Develop skills to discuss these topics with colleagues, partners, clients, etc.
- Identify policies and practices that promote greater inclusion and equity within organizations
This training is designed for all nonprofit sector professionals interested in learning more about issues related to gender bias, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We’ll start with looking at ourselves – what biases and stereotypes do we hold? Then, we’ll think about how this impacts our work and the people we serve. Finally, we’ll explore organizational policies and practices. Our training style is interactive, fun, intersectional, and practical – including scenarios, videos, sharing personal experiences, and discussions.
ABOUT THE TRAINERS
Kimm Topping is an activist and educator whose work focuses on youth and marginalized communities. She serves as the Commissioner for Cambridge’s LGBTQ+ Commission and is a consultant for The Network/La Red, a social justice organization working to end partner abuse in LGBTQ+ communities, where she is developing a curriculum guide for youth programs about identity and healthy relationships and facilitating trainings for domestic violence service providers and homeless shelters. Kimm holds a BA in sociology/social change and psychology from Lesley University, and has received awards for their research and writing which centers the experiences of bisexual people and women.
Minh Nguyen is a creative youth worker, trainer, educator, and consultant. Minh has 10 years of experience in after-school youth development programming, curriculum development, and facilitating trainings for mentoring and enrichment programs for youth, staff, and volunteers. She is currently the Mentor Coach at Strong Women, Strong Girls. Minh holds a BA from Oberlin College in psychology and a MS from Northeastern University in Nonprofit Management.
Kimm and Minh are co-founders of kyriQ, a consulting company focused on anti-oppression, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness trainings, as well as organizational development.