Advocating for LGBTQ+ Equity In Schools
This workshop will discuss LGBTQ+ youth rights and effective ways to advocate for those rights using an intersectional feminist, queer, and anti-racist framework. Youth will be introduced to basic organizing principles and organizing strategies, including a Strategy Chart, messaging framework, and other tools for successful youth and community organizing.
Jen LaBarbera (they/she) currently serves as the Education & Advocacy Manager at San Diego Pride, where they manage the organization’s community partnerships, education & advocacy programs, civic engagement, and international diplomacy work. They also currently serve as the Secretary of the GLSEN San Diego chapter's Board of Directors and as a District Vice President for the US Association of Prides. Prior to joining San Diego Pride, Jen worked as a librarian and archivist in San Diego, Boston, and Denver, and has over 15 years of experience as a political and community organizer and advocate for LGBTQ+ equality and reproductive justice in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Massachusetts. She received her BA in the Study of Women and Gender and Government from Smith College and her MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver. They currently reside in Normal Heights with their partner, dog, and two cats.
The Regional Student Diversity Summit (RSDS) is an all day in-person diversity conference for Southern California high school students. This conference focuses on respectful dialogue, the relationship between current and systemic issues, and the potential youth have to catalyze change. Participating students engage with keynote speakers, lecturers, and workshop leaders from around the country on topics of social justice and inclusion at all levels, and build connections between themselves in affinity spaces. RSDS is a grassroots initiative, organized by students of San Diego, California's leading educational institutions.
HOW CAN I SIGN UP?
On the menu bar, there is a sign up button at the middle of the screen. It will take you to the sign up form. Make sure to complete the Permission Slips!!
DO I NEED TO HAVE PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE OF DEI ISSUES AND PRACTICES?
Being a part of the DEI community does not call for any previous experience. You do not need to have gone to previous conferences to attend this one. All we need is an open mind, a commitment to change, and a readiness for respectful dialogue.
School-appropriate casual wear!
WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF THIS CONFERENCE?
We designed this conference with the purposes of educating – not only through stellar workshop leaders, but through conversations with each other. We truly hope you will leave this conference and have a wider world view, an aptness for understanding, and an aspiration to make change in yourself, your communities, and the greater world.