Here’s a list of the workshops that I’ve given since 1998. Those that are in my current “repertoire” are listed first, followed by those that were one-time events or that I haven’t had the opportunity to present in a number of years. All have been very highly rated by past attendees. I would love to talk with you about giving a workshop to your organization, community group, school, or company!
Introductory-level presentations on transgender and gender non-conformity •Discuss trans and non-trans gender concepts •Detail discrimination faced by gender non-conformers in the US •Introduce trans politics and the trans liberation struggle •Talk about ways that attendees can be trans allies.
- Lectures to undergraduate classes
- Sex, Gender and the Body, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (via Skype), 2011
- Introduction to American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2008
- Introduction to Women’s Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2007
- Theories of Feminism, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2007
- Sociology of Sex and Gender, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1999-2004
- Sociology of Sexuality, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1998
- Lectures to graduate classes
- Gender and Criminal Justice, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2005
- Gender and Society, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2002
- Deviance and Control, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2000
- Presentations with other members of the DC Trans Coalition
- DC Rape Crisis Center New Volunteer Orientation, co-presented with one-two other members of DCTC, Washington, DC, 2012-2013
- Our Place DC Staff Development Workshop, co-presented with two other members of DCTC, Washington, DC, 2012
- LGBT and Allied Youth Conference of the Northern Virginia chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), co-presented with two-three other members of DCTC, Arlington, VA, 2009 and 2012
- Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) Youth Advocacy Interns, co-presented with three other members of DCTC, Washington, DC, 2009
- Other lectures
- Students at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2013
- Reconciling Congregation Education Series, Washington Ethical Society, Washington, DC, 2012-2013
- AIDS United’s ongoing series of staff development “brown bag lunches” for new staff, Washington, DC, 2006, 2008, 2011, and 2013
- Help Center student counselors at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2008
- National AIDS Fund’s AmeriCorps member orientation training, Santa Fe, NM, 2008
- HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) staff development meeting, Washington, DC, 2008
- Western Sol: Sister Singers Network 25th Anniversary and 9th International Choral Festival, San Diego, CA, 2006
- Panel moderator at AIDS United’s AmeriCorps member orientation training, Indianapolis, IN, 2013
- One of three panelists at the Washington AIDS Partnership’s Service Corps member orientation training, Washington, DC, 2012
- One of three panelists at AIDS United’s AmeriCorps member orientation training, Ann Arbor, MI, 2011
- One of four-five panelists at National AIDS Fund’s AmeriCorps members orientation training, Santa Fe, NM, 2009 and 2010
Introductory-level presentations on LGBTQ people and issues •Discuss LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ sexual orientation and gender concepts •Detail discrimination faced by LGBTQ individuals in the US •Introduce LGBTQ politics •Talk about ways that attendees can be LGBTQ allies.
- Lectures to undergraduate class
- American Social Problems, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2001 and 2009-2010
- Other lectures
- Orientation for School Coordinators, Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital, Washington, DC, 2015
- Invited guest presenter at “Inclusivity Day” for 55 members of City Year, Washington, DC, 2006
“The Boys’ Line or the Girls’ Line?: Gender Segregating Children and Youth,”
An introduction to how being transgender or gender non-conforming impacts children, youth, and young adults; what gender segregation is; and the degree to which gender segregation negatively impacts trans, gender non-conforming, and cisgender young people •Discuss specific, concrete alternatives to gender segregation and ways to making schools and youth-serving programs safe for trans and gender non-conforming children, youth, and young adults.
- Orientation for School Coordinators, Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital, Washington, DC, August 13.
Past Workshops Given
“Community Conversations: How Can We Be A More Welcoming Community?”
Served as the LGBTQ community representative on a panel focused on how to make Hyattsville, MD, more supportive of Muslim, Latinx, and LGBTQ individuals in the wake of the election of Donald Trump. •Discussed the impact of the first month of the Trump administration on the LGBTQ community, the challenges the community faces in the coming years, and how Hyattsville residents can help.
- Panel with Mai Abdul Rahman and Rommel Sandino; Facilitated by Julia Gaspar-Bates. Hyattsville, MD, February 26.
“Expand Your Vision: Youth Can Be More Than Program Recipients”
Presented as part of a panel entitled “Program Officer Confidential” •Focused on how participants can take on leadership roles within summer programs.
- Panel with Jordan Spooner and Sheray Wright, FY15 DC Trust Summer Grantee Orientation Meeting, Washington, DC, June 9.
“Working with Funders: Basic Tips & Tricks for Cracking the ‘Funder Code’”
Invited as a representative of a major national syringe access funder to present to local, community-based, harm reduction agencies throughout the state of New Jersey •Detailed how to find funders and write grant applications, maintaining relationships with current funders, the importance of progress reports, and why/how funders make funding decisions.
- Advocacy Skills: Building and Maintaining Relationships to Maximize Your Impact as Harm Reduction Service Providers, Drug Policy Alliance training, New Brunswick, NJ
“Police and the Trans Community”
Presentations given to Metropolitan Police Department recruits and seasoned officers •One of three DC Trans Coalition members who trained MPD officers •Discussed gender identity and expression, discrimination against the trans community nationally and locally •Detailed intersections of transgender, poverty, and criminalization •Introduced trans rights in DC and the regulations governing police interactions with trans community members.
- Metropolitan Police Department Academy, Washington, DC
“PhilanTrack and foundationConnect: Adventures in Online Grants Management”
One of four funder representatives invited to present two online grants management systems to members of the local Grants Managers Network chapter •Discussed pro’s and con’s of both PhilanTrack and foundationConnect systems and how AIDS United implemented each.
- Grants Managers Network Washington, DC, Chapter Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
“Activism and the Queer Community”
One of four panelists discussing how to be an activist within and for the LGBTQ community •The only panelist from outside the Calgary area •Attended by students and faculty at Mount Royal University and local community members.
- Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
“What Is the Future of Queer Studies?”
Invited as an accomplished alum of Vassar College to participate in sesquicentennial conference •One of four panelists in the conference’s opening plenary •Discussed my discovery of Women’s and Queer Studies •Elaborated the critical importance of feminism/Women’s Studies and Queer Studies to each other.
- Plenary panelist. Smashing History: 150 Years of LGBTIQA at Vassar, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
“AIDS Activism = Social Justice: Why You Need To Be Involved Even If You Think It Has Nothing To Do With You”
Invited as an accomplished alum of Vassar College to participate in sesquicentennial conference •Explained the history of the AIDS activist movement •Discussed why HIV is a social justice issue, including why the populations most impacted by HIV in the US are also this country’s most marginalized •Talked with students about what they can do in their daily lives to be HIV/AIDS activists.
- Co-presented with Jean Redmann. Smashing History: 150 Years of LGBTIQA at Vassar, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
“Know Your Rights”
Taught attendees about their legal rights in DC, Maryland, and Virginia related to gender identity and expression •Discussed instances of discrimination that some attendees had faced •Detailed attendee rights regarding schools and foster care facilities •Introduced important DC Trans Coalition campaigns, especially around bathroom access, treatment of trans and gender non-conforming prisoners in the DC jail, and DC police officers’ requirements for interacting with trans suspects and crime survivors •Laid out ways that attendees could advocate for their own rights in various situations.
- Co-presentations with other members of DC Trans Coalition
- GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) training for new Jump Start youth volunteers, Fairfax, VA, 2010
- 2009 SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League) Youth Leadership Conference, Washington, DC, 2009
- LGBT and Allied Youth Conference of the Northern Virginia chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), Fairfax, VA, 2009
- Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) Drop-In Center Weekly Meeting, Washington, DC, 2009
“Providing Effective, Sensitive HIV Prevention: Your Trans Clients’ Risks and Realities”
Helped social service and health care providers understand the HIV risks of trans individuals •Explored the difference between the perceived risk of trans people and their actual risk for HIV infection •Discussed some barriers to care •Based the session on a harm reduction approach to HIV care and prevention.
- Co-presented with J. D. Rosario, Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Philadelphia, PA
“Sex, Drugs, and Silicone: HIV Risk Reduction For the Trans Community”
Gave trans and gender non-conforming participants an understanding of HIV transmission, detection, and treatment •Discussed risks, including street hormones, sharing syringes, and silicone pumping •Assisted participants in creating a realistic view of their own risk of HIV infection •Employed a harm reduction approach to explore options for addressing risky behaviors.
- Co-presented with J. D. Rosario, Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Philadelphia, PA
“Developing Leadership Diversity: Working with Sexual Minority Youth”
One of three panelists at this session during the Serve DC conference for DC-based AmeriCorps and City Year members and their leaders •Discussed gender identity and expression •Detailed how to make transgender and genderqueer AmeriCorps and City Year members comfortable on a team •Talked about reasons to recruit gender non-conforming team members •Laid out the skills that AmeriCorps and City Year members need in order to serve trans and genderqueer clients sensitively.
- Tomorrow’s Leaders Today!: 2006 DC Conference on Service and Leadership, Washington, DC
“More Than Two-Part Gender Harmony: Choruses Open to Men, Transpeople, Genderqueers, or Other Gender Non-conformers”
Facilitated an open discussion with festival attendees about how cisgender women’s choruses have and should face an increasingly gender-diverse world •Lead conversation on experiences of women-only choruses when members come out as trans or when trans people want to join.
- Western Sol: Sister Singers Network 25th Anniversary and 9th International Choral Festival, San Diego, CA
“Gender Non-Conforming Youth and Sexual Assault”
Detailed experiences faced by gender non-conforming teens •Included discussion of types of transphobic assault and specific youth survival mechanisms.
- At the organization Men Can Stop Rape, Washington, DC
Introduced students to experiences of trans people as they age in a transphobic and homophobic society •Included content on health care providers, emergency rooms, retirement and nursing homes, social security benefits, past employment discrimination, and loss of biological family support.
- Women and Aging undergraduate course, Human Services Program, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
“Changing Room: Drag Kings in DC”
Served as consultant for students’ documentary project •Addressed, on camera, concepts of gender identity and gender expression, especially as related to youth lives.
- The Documentary Center, School of Media and Public Affairs and Department of History, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
“Women on the Edge of the Transgender Era: Struggling to Throw Off Lesbian Feminism’s Legacy”
Discussed findings of interviews with late-1990s, Generation X, cisgender women identifying as lesbian or bisexual •Addressed conflicts those women faced between a desire to accept trans people and interviewees’ ambivalence resulting from the continued influence of lesbian feminism on their politics.
- American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL