In March 2017 we will be offering a special winter institute on LGBTQ oppression and human sexuality. The institute will be especially attractive to people who wish to explore the complexity of human sexuality with an eye toward addressing the oppression of people in the LGBTQ community. The Institute will be held at the Westfield Friends Meeting House in Cinnaminson, New Jersey (near Philadelphia.)

Hotels near our training site in Cinnaminson, New Jersey are reasonably priced, and are within easy traveling distance of the Philadelphia International Airport.


Beyond Diversity Winter Institute:
LGBTQ Oppression and Human Sexuality

March 13 to March 16, 2017 (Monday to Thursday)
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Westfield Friends Meeting House
Cinnaminson NJ (near Philadelphia)

The movement for full inclusion for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) people has made great strides: In 2014 nationwide marriage equality came to the United States. In 2009 Congress passed the first LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes law. Yet today LGBTQ people are still denied many of the basic rights that most persons in our society enjoy: State laws still allow discrimination against LGBTQ people; hate crimes against LGBTQ people remain the most violent; and the everyday treatment of LGBTQ people in schools, workplaces, and other settings remains biased in many instances.

You are invited to a setting in which participants from diverse backgrounds explore LGBTQ oppression and build community across differences in sexuality. The workshop will be interactive and highly participatory.

In the Beyond Diversity Winter Institute you will learn:

  • How early messages about gender and sexual orientation shape individual perceptions.
  • The effects of heterosexual privilege on the culture of the United States.
  • How power influences group behavior in the United States.
  • Important historical markers for the LGBTQ community.
  • Why homophobia and transphobia hinder the ability to address LGBTQ oppression.
  • Action planning to address heterosexism and transphobia.

The institute is open to learners of all backgrounds. We especially welcome the voices of those not usually heard in anti-oppression training, including LGBTQ people, white men, Asians, bi-racial and multi-racial people, and indigenous people.

This course is open to everyone; however, it is eligible for three credits toward a Graduate Certificate in Diversity from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Please visit the UCCS website for more information on separate costs and other requirements for the certificate program: Participants pursuing the graduate certificate will have an additional reading and an essay assignment required for their grades.

People often find Beyond Diversity workshops not only informative but life-changing. Insights from the training open individuals to new ways of seeing the world and building deep and lasting relationships across cultural landscapes. Join us for this unique learning opportunity.

Tuition: $600

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