Note: A minimum pre-registration of 8 participants is required for this workshop to be facilitated as scheduled.

Total Workshop Time: 2 Hours

Pre-requisites: None


Have you heard acronyms like “LGBT,” “LGBTQ” or “LGBTQIA” and wondered what those letters stand for?  Do you work alongside coworkers or serve customers who identify as LGBT, LGBTQ, or LGBTQIA?  Do you want to learn more about the basics of sexual orientation and gender identity and have the chance to ask questions in a safe and non-judgmental space?
Research shows that approximately one in every twenty people identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ).  With increasing coverage of gender and sexual diversity in the media, more and more individuals are openly identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual than ever before.  As employees in a diverse workplace, it’s important to be mindful of how we can be understanding and inclusive of sexual and gender diversity at JMU.
Participants in this workshop will have the chance to learn and ask questions about diverse gender and sexual identities and gain insight into the experience of LGBTQIA+ individuals at JMU.  

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Acquire basic knowledge of LGBTQIA+ identities
  • Explore the messages we learn about gender and sexuality
  • Discuss ways to interact with LGBTQIA+ coworkers and customers in a sensitive and inclusive way

Facilitated by: E. Lee Dyer IV, Director, SOGIE; Cassidy Mechalske, Assistant Director, SOGIE

Upcoming Classes

Workshop Classifications

Type: Single Session

Level: Fundamental

Competency: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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