Athens, Ga. – A Georgia Safe Schools Coalition Workshop, offering local educators training and up-to-date information specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Georgia schools, will be hosted by the University of Georgia College of Education on March 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center and Hotel.
The conference will feature sessions for school superintendents, principals, counselors, teachers and staff that will focus on building support for 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 conference will be highlighted by presentations by UGA College of Education faculty members Anneliese Singh and Corey Johnson.
Singh, an assistant professor in the department of counseling and human development services, currently is conducting participatory research and interventions in middle school aimed at reducing anti-LGBTQ bullying and violence. She is the recipient of prestigious awards such 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 the department of counseling and human development department services and an affiliate faculty member with UGA’s Qualitative Research Program and Institute for Women’s Studies, writes and 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 Martin Luther King Jr. 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 diverse organizations at UGA, whose missions are to advocate, develop and nurture LGBTQ communities at UGA.
The cost for registration, which ends March 16, is $225. To register or for more information, see www.coe.uga.edu/events.