Athens, Ga. – A Georgia Safe Schools Coalition Workshop, offering local educators training and up-to-date information about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth in Georgia schools, will be hosted by the University of Georgia College of Education Aug. 10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at UGA’s Gwinnett Campus on 2530 Sever Road in Lawrenceville.
The one-day workshop will feature sessions for school superintendents, principals, counselors, teachers and staff that will focus on understanding LGBT youth. The conference is designed to help school officials better understand the intersections of LGBT youth in communities of color and communities of faith, learning to advocate for LGBT youth with other members of the community, implementing anti-bullying policies that support LGBT youth, and supporting gay/straight alliances in their schools.
The workshop will be highlighted with presentations by UGA College of Education faculty members Anneliese Singh and Corey Johnson.
Singh, an assistant professor of counseling, currently is conducting participatory research and interventions in middle school aimed at reducing anti-LGBTQ bullying and violence. She is the recipient of such awards as the Kitty Cole Human Rights Award (2009) and the Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association (2006). She also is president of the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling.
Johnson, an associate professor in recreation and leisure studies and an affiliate faculty member with UGA’s Qualitative Research Program and Institute for Women’s Studies, conducts research on non-dominant and marginalized populations. His work focuses on providing insight into the discriminatory experiences that non-dominant people often encounter in mainstream settings. Johnson received the 2012 UGA President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award. He was nominated for the 2012 Richard B. Russell Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. In 2011, he received the Founders Award for GLOBES and Lambda Alliance, two diversity organizations at UGA that have as their mission to advocate, develop and nurture LGBTQ communities at UGA.
The cost of registration is $225 per participant, which includes a GSSC notebook, workshop materials, refreshment breaks and lunch. The deadline for registration is Aug. 3. To register or for more information, see http://www.coe.uga.edu/events/.