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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force proudly presents a robust program of 23 Day Long Institutes at Creating Change. All Institutes presentations are 9 AM–6 PM on both Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday January 29, 2014
The Racial Justice Institute
The Institute's primary purpose is to offer Creating Change participants a range of tools for working more effectively towards racial justice in our churches, communities, campaigns, and workplaces. This Day Long Institute provides a balance of self-reflection opportunities with engaging learning activities and deeper intersectional analysis of how racial justice and LGBT liberation connect in contemporary social justice movements. The Racial Justice Institute has a rich history at Creating Change. Very well attended and well regarded, this Institute has grown exponentially in size and scope. Facilitated by a team of seasoned racial justice trainer/facilitators, the Institute will be steeped in an anti-oppression lens that reflects the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, ability and race to offer sessions that are creative, thoughtful and give participants practical skills to make a difference through the work we do every day.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Black Institute: From the Civil Rights Movement to the LGBT-Equality Movement
NEW THIS YEAR!
Exploring the challenges and successes while living at the intersection of racial justice and LGBT equality. From Selma to Stonewall, there is uniqueness about telling the story of where Black folks fit in the conversation about LGBT equality, especially when you live openly as a Black LGBTQ person who is deeply-rooted in Black culture in America. Are Black queer folks always to live in survival mode? Or do we have an opportunity to THRIVE in both movements? This conversation is long overdue to declare Black LGBTQ people as a distinct population with specific needs and challenges that must not be relegated in one movement versus another. The time is NOW to set the agenda for our future. The place is HERE where we will come together to achieve this goal. This Institute is organized and presented by the National Black Justice Coalition.
From Stonewall to Stop and Frisk: Police violence, government misconduct, and the criminalization of LGBTQ communities
NEW THIS YEAR!
This institute will explore the current moment and historical legacy of policing and criminalization of LGBTQ communities. Participants will discuss patterns of police violence and criminalization of LGBTQ communities across the country. The institute will highlight various campaigns and organizing models across the country to provide resource sharing and tools for participants to organize against police violence in their communities. This Institute is organized by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Lambda Legal, and Streetwise and Safe.
Advancing LGBT Health — Strategies for Achieving Affordable and Effective Health Care
NEW THIS YEAR!
A facilitated conversation on new developments and tools for advocacy for improving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health, organized by the Center for American Progress and the Fenway Institute. The last several years have brought enormous advances in access to health care and insurance coverage for LGBT people — but each new opportunity brings questions about how to make sure that our advocacy is translating into real benefits and services for LGBT people. At this institute, we will discuss some of the most pressing questions in LGBT health advocacy today, including:
This institute will look at new models of engagement between community members, policy makers, health providers, and other health advocates that can help LGBT people get the health care we need, when we need it.
- How can the Affordable Care Act benefit LGBT people and their families?
- How do we address gender identity, sexual orientation, and other differences in culturally competent ways in health care settings?
- How do we ensure access to affordable health insurance coverage for the health care our communities need?
- How do we address the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic among gay and bisexual men and transgender women, as well as other disparities such as lower rates of cervical cancer and breast cancer screening among lesbians and bisexual women?
Advancing LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Well-Being: Building Capacity in Our Communities
NEW THIS YEAR!
Through interactive participation, attendees will learn how state and local laws and policies can affect LGBTQ youth mental health and well-being, relevant statistics regarding LGBTQ youth mental health, and current tools provided by The Trevor Project to educate, advocate and raise awareness. Participants will be empowered with new strategies to engage schools, mental health organizations, and local advocates in providing LGBTQ youth mental health resources, and develop their own individual action plans to create measureable and sustainable change.
YouthLink Town Hall on Federal Policy
NEW THIS YEAR!
YouthLink (a program of CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers) will bring together LGBT youth to discuss and determine the federal priorities for LGBT youth advocacy. Attendees will leave the meeting with a draft policy agenda that CenterLink will present to national advocacy organizations for consideration to inclusion in their own policy agendas. This Institute is primarily for youth 23 and under. Organizational staff serving youth and national organizations with an interest in youth advocacy should contact CenterLink before attending: email@example.com.
The Fullness: A Daylong Institute on Holistic Erotic Power & Sexual Liberation
NEW THIS YEAR!
"That creative energy empowered, the knowledge and use of which we are now reclaiming in our language, our history, our dancing, our loving, our work, our lives." — Audre Lorde Uses of the Erotic/The Erotic as Power.
Based on the Mobile Homecoming project's national poetic work on intimacy, erotics and embodied transformation, The Fullness will be an intergenerational interactive Day Long Institute that will use embodied healing modalities, poetry, music and transformative small group discussions and panels to empower participants to clarify their standards for being erotically present, sexually liberated and embodied and alive with a focus on the connections between spirituality (widely defined) and erotic practice. Presented by: Alexis Pauline Gumbs & Julia Wallace.
Working WITH Youth: a youth-centered approach to integrating the needs, experience and expertise of young people in movement work
This Day Long interactive institute will train adults who want to increase their individual and/or organizational capacity to effectively mobilize, engage and collaborate with youth in movement building efforts. We will highlight research and explore initiatives related to LGBTQ youth work, introduce tools to assess organizational readiness and consider approaches to increasing individual, organizational and systems capacity to do long term movement work that is inclusive of young people. This Institute is organized and presented by The Boston Alliance of GLBT Youth (BAGLY).
Campus Pride Institute: Transform Your Campus with Pride
Take action to queer up your campus with Campus Pride. This day long institute focuses on college student leadership to create campuses that celebrate LGBTQ people as well as make your learning environment on campus safer and more LGBT-friendly. Join us for a day of leadership, social justice activism, success sharing, and challenging dialogue. Learn from your fellow students on what works as well as get great resources like the Campus Pride Index and the State of Higher Education so you can transform your campus today!
LGBTQ Campus Resource Professionals Institute
The institute sponsored by the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals (the Consortium) provides professional development, skills building, and networking for those who have professional roles supporting LGBTQ people on college and university campuses. The institute, intersectional in nature, is grounded in anti-racism and social justice principles and focuses on access, inclusion, and equity for LGBTQ students and employees in higher education. This session is designed for those who engage in, or plan to engage in, LGBTQ work on college campuses. The institute is for Consortium members with limited space for nonmembers who are interested. To learn more about the Consortium, please visit our website www.lgbtcampus.org.
Social Media: New Media Training Institute
At GLAAD's New Media Training Institute (NMTI), you will spend a day with social media experts including Ryan Davis, Vice President of Community at Vocativ, former Social Media Director at Blue State Digital and @RyanNewYork on Twitter. You will learn about the latest digital tools and online advocacy strategies that you can incorporate into your work, how to find social media tools that are appropriate for your budget, how to stay on top of the latest new media trends, and how to successfully implement them at your organization. For more information, visit http://glaad.org/nmti2014.
Practice Spirit, Do Justice Day-Long Institute: Radical Connectedness, Liberating Particularity
How do we be completely rooted and clear about our own religious and spiritual traditions AND be deeply and connected in culturally competent ways to other religious and spiritual traditions? How do we, together, build an intersectional movement for justice?? The PSDJ Day-Long Institute will help us envision and create a multi-faith, multi-issue LGBT movement for social justice. Trainers will provide an overview of strategies to map the diverse and powerful spiritual and belief traditions participants represent and to assess our works' specific areas of impact. Small-group activities will explore the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, ability and race through mindful listening and compassionate sharing in order to build relationships through diversity. Finally, we will strengthen our collective impact by building practical skills and yielding an actionable set of ideals through a balance of self-reflection, engaged learning and deep intersectional analysis of the role of spirituality and belief in advancing LGBT social, political and economic equality.
Executive Directors/CEO Institute
This full-day Institute has evolved from the annual afternoon 3-hour session called the ED/CEO Roundtable. This year's Institute will involve both presentations and interactive small and large group sessions of relevance to nonprofit EDs/CEOs.Topics may include: how to effectively manage staff, the EDs/CEOs role in board recruitment, fundraising, financial management, dealing with troublesome board members, working with social media, effective board relationships, ED/CEO contracts and evaluations, becoming a better public speaker, raising more corporate dollars, time management, and stress management. Come prepared to share your own best and worst practices stories! Advance registrants will be sent an e-mail survey that will be used to develop the curriculum. This session is specifically for nonprofit Executive Directors/CEOs only. We will work through lunch and participants will be asked to make a contribution to cover costs. This Institute will be led by five seasoned nonprofit CEOs/EDs: Lorri L. Jean, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center; Dr. Marjorie Hill, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Kate Kendell, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Terry Stone, CenterLink and Lance Toma, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center.
Family Ties: The Movement Forward for LGBT Families
The fight for marriage equality is important and timely and families and children have been at the center of these important debates and victories. But there are many legal rights and responsibilities still out of reach for LGBT families. As employment, immigration and implementation of the Affordable Care Act take the national stage, we have the opportunity to pivot and use the momentum created around marriage to advance work in these and other important areas. This day-long institute will examine a wide range of current issues that face all families, especially families headed by parents who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Participants will come away with new insights into the work that must be done to achieve full equality for our families and with practical strategies for accomplishing that work.
LGBT Elder Institute 2014: Movement Building: Creating an Age Aware Activist Network
LGBT elders are engaged in local and state advocacy struggles and serve as powerful spokespeople to educate the broader public about pervasive discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodation, education, medical care, and other aspects of their lives. Hear from LGBT activists and providers about how they work to build an age inclusive activist movement, raise awareness, and advocate for change in their communities. Through interactive group work, storytelling and panels — audience members and presenters will share how they tackle issues of primary importance to LGBT elders and elders of color — employment and economic insecurity; affordable and inclusive housing; the role of needs assessments in LGBT older adult service planning; state-level health reform implementation; and tools for building activist capacity in conservative states. The Creating Change LGBT Elder Institute is hosted by SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders). Planning, presenting and organizing faculty include colleagues from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National LGBT Aging Roundtable, and SAGENet, a network of SAGE Affiliates from rural and urban communities across the country.
Grassroots Fundraising Strategies for Funding Our Collective Liberation
Join us for an interactive and participatory Day Long Institute where we'll strengthen and deepen our social justice fundraising skills and analysis and come away with concrete next steps to take our fundraising to the next level. The focus of this session will be on grassroots fundraising strategies, such as house parties, personal asks, peer to peer online fundraising, and individual donor development. We will not focus on foundation fundraising or grant writing. This will be a space for fundraiser organizers to strengthen their skills and analysis as well as discuss how we can together create new and stronger models toward sustainability, movement building, and resource organizing. Training Team: Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Laurene Francois, Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT). Level: Intermediate
La Unión Hace La Fuerza: Latino Institute
Despite all odds, LGBT Latino activists are, and have been, at the forefront of many Latino and LGBT civil and human rights victories. We are a part of and help cultivate the rich social, cultural and artistic tapestry of our movements and communities. With over 50 million Latinos in traditional and emerging communities in the US, it is more critical than ever to invest in our Latino LGBT leadership. And while many queer Latinos build bridges across the social justice landscape, there is still much untapped growth to reach our full collective potential. This gathering will bring together diverse groups of LGBT Latinos and allies from across the country to foster supportive relationships and build each others' capacity to advance LGBT Latino activism. This convening will build off of the successful inaugural gathering at last year's Creating Change. For more details, please visit the Unión Fuerza site.
Building a Queer AAPI Movement
Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are the fastest growing minority group in the nation and constitute the largest population of new immigrants. More and more AAPIs are coming out of the closet as LGBT, yet they still face invisibility, isolation, and stereotyping. The needs and concerns of LGBT AAPIs are often overlooked in the LGBT community and/or marginalized in the AAPI community. To counter this, a coalition of local and national organizations and individuals present the annual Day Long LGBT AAPI Institute. This Institute seeks to further the presence, visibility, and engagement of AAPIs in LGBT social justice movements as well as at Creating Change. The Institute is open only to LGBT AAPIs. Sessions will focus on community building, skills development, and education on issues of common concern. Faculty include experts in a range of fields and seek to build off of expertise and experience from Institute participants to collectively build a space for mutual learning and, ultimately, building a queer AAPI social justice movement.
Expected outcomes for the Institute include:
- A robust network of LGBT AAPI activists around the country
- Concrete strategies to overcome barriers that frustrate LGBT AAPI organizing
- Deeper understanding of AAPI LGBT communities and histories, and common issues of concern
- Increased leadership and organizing skills
- A sharper analysis of intersecting oppressions at work in our communities, including (but not limited to): homophobia, transphobia, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, heteronormativity, religious bigotry, colonialism/imperialism, ableism, ageism and their impact on building a queer AAPI movement.
The State of Play on LGBT Issues in K-12 Education: Success, Shifts and Strategy
We've come a long way in the 20+ years that GLSEN has championed LGBT Issues in K-12 schools. Through evidence-based advocacy, school-based programming, and public education, mainstream education and youth service organizations have begun to incorporate LGBT issues into their work. Much remains to be done, but in the United States, we are beginning to see remarkable results, while at the same time identifying new challenges that must be overcome in pursuit of our ultimate goal of safe and respectful schools for all students. Now more than ever, safe schools advocates must continue to push for progress in all fifty states. Participants in this Day Long Institute will review where we are now, explore what's working across the country and why, identity the locations in which progress is most urgent and prepare to take specific actions to contribute to the safe schools movement. This Institute is organized by GLSEN — the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.
The Ally Institute
Ready to become a more effective change agent? Ready for some LAARPing: Live Action Ally Role-Playing? Ready to create more visibility around asexuality? Ready to share teachable moments with your peers? The Minnesota GLBTA Campus Alliance presents the fourth annual Ally Institute at Creating Change. Designed for new and seasoned allies to and within LGBTQIA communities, the Ally Institute creates a safe space for all those interested in gaining knowledge and skills related to gender and sexual diversity while giving participants an opportunity to ask the questions and have the conversations they know they need but don't always know how to get. Participants from all identities will consider how allies dedicated to the work of collective liberation movements can help create inclusive and accessible environments in the different positions where they live, work, play, and worship. Through a mix of facilitated activities, skill sharing, small group work, and arts and crafts, attendees will learn key concepts for understanding and educating about LGBTQIA communities within a social justice frame and will be given opportunities to develop new advocacy tools, helping them become more effective change agents in all areas of their life.
Recentering and Reclaiming Sexual Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights
There is a common misconception in the United States that only civil and political rights are relevant domestically and that "human rights" are a matter of foreign policy. The fact is that human rights include civil, political, social, economic, cultural, environmental, and sexual rights. While the movement for dignity, equality, and justice — human rights — is growing, sexual rights remain at the margins. But no more! Using the International Planned Parenthood Federation's (IPPF) Sexual Rights Declaration as an anchor, this Daylong Institute will expand our understanding of the domestic human rights movement by re-centering and reclaiming the movement for sexual freedom as imperative to our collective search for justice and equality. Through workshops, small group activities, and collective discussions, the Institute will equip participants with the knowledge, language, and skill set to enter and reshape the national discourse, to build alliance with other social justice issues, and to reclaim sexual freedom as their human right. Topics will include reproductive choice and health, family rights, gender identity, economic justice, freedom from state and religious violence, the role of the state/government in ensuring and protecting sexual rights, and certainly, our right to experience and claim pleasure as central to our sexuality.
Transgender People Unite Against Hate and Violence
Violence against transgender people is a national crisis, particularly violence against transgender women of color. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, of the 25 documented anti-LGBTQ homicides in 2012, 53.8% of victims were transgender women, and 73.1% of all anti-LGBTQ homicide victims were people of color. In addition, transgender people were 1.67 times as likely to experience threats and intimidation, 3.32 times as likely to experience police violence, and transgender people of color were 2.46 times as likely to experience physical violence by the police. This Institute will focus on the various forms of violence that transgender people experience. People have a misconception that hate violence is only experienced by transgender people on the streets and in the workplace, but transgender people experience violence at the hands of loved ones, parents, in the home, and from the police. The workshop will look at the cycle and patterns of hate and violence that plague the transgender community. We will explore the hate and violence that begins in the home, at school, medical facilities, at work, the streets and other places that we navigate. We will discuss methods and best practices currently being used around the country to curb and prevent this violence. We will then look at how we can engage and work with partners to increase the awareness and work in this arena to better protect ourselves and build better programs. Finally, we will explore other possible new solutions.
Queer Survival Economies (Formerly "The Class Institute")
This Day Long Institute with Queers for Economic Justice (QEJ) outlines the impact of the current economic recession's disproportionate effect and long term consequences on vulnerable LGBTQ communities. We will focus our QSE analysis through the lived experiences of queer people in immigrant communities, those who are low income workers, those who are HIV+ or have AIDS, queer folks in communities of color, transgender and gender non-conforming folks, those doing disability justice, LGBTQ folks making a living through street economies (drugs, sex work, etc.), LGBTQ non-traditional families and those who work to create a progressive vision & do political organizing at the intersections of sexuality and the erotic. This Institute is planned and presented by Queers for Economic Justice.
Bi/Pan/Fluid Organizing Institute
Being bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, fluid, or non-monosexual queer is one of the most complex realities to inhabit within LGBT and straight spaces. It can be difficult to live one's truth in a world increasingly polarized and dichotomous. As a member of a marginalized majority among sexual minorities, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, fluid, and non-monosexual queer people face unique challenges to the physical, psychological and spiritual process of making our bodies, lives, and desires our own. In this organizing Institute, we will critically reflect upon our lived experiences; use dialogue and experiential activities to envision next steps for our collective movement; and examine the ways in which sexuality intersects with race, ethnicity, gender, class, and other social identities. Come prepared to think, plan and organize with your whole being. Open to all levels of activist experience as well as allies. This Institute is organized by: Dr. Herukhuti, Faculty Member, Goddard College; Mkali-Hashiki, Founder, Body Enstasy; and Paul Nocera, Lead Facilitator, BiRequest Discussion Group, New York City.