Back to Basics: 101 on LGBTQA is a basic introduction of concepts, terms, and issues impacting the LGBTQA community at large. This workshop focuses primarily on the importance of language and ways to sort out the complexities that may stem from all the letters, terms, and identities within the amazingly diverse community known as “LGBTQA.”
Building A Brand: Essential Tips for Networking is the ideal workshop for career-centered college students who hope to transfer their skills from the classroom to the workforce. It will provide essential tips around social media, how to make a positive impression, how to define yourself and your brand, and the importance of forming genuine connections to build a strong professional network.
Coping with Shame is a conversational workshop around the issues and aspects of our identities that often make us feel shame. Whether it is because of our sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, disability, or class, this workshop aims to provide tips for coping with shame in a positive way.
Embracing Yourself, Embracing Your Potential aims to discuss intersections of identities, in particular, those identities that historically have been underrepresented within the LGBTQA movement, and how one’s acceptance of those identities can serve as a foundation for a successful career, of developing one’s entrepreneurship. This workshop also brings in the aspect of communication—“how we self-talk, the things we tell ourselves that prevent us from loving ourselves and embracing our potential, and how the media representation of those underrepresented identities plays a role in that self-talk.”
EMPO(WE)R(MEN)T: We Are Men is specifically designed for men, all types of men no matter how they identify with their sexual orientation or express their gender. To allow for a space where men can talk about the struggles they endure and how their life’s circumstances have shaped their manhood. How do we as men build a network? How do we form connections with other men who may not look or act like us? Who may not be the societal man but a man nonetheless? This workshop will discuss topics such as rape culture, growing up fatherless, fearing femininity, coping with poverty, overcoming racial barriers, and what it means to be a “man” and how those definitions may lead to homophobia and transphobia.
Love is an Act of Leadership focuses on the importance of self-care and self-love for leaders. Dr. Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” As leaders we have the opportunity to inspire others, to uplift them and to encourage others to take the wheel of their own lives and drive into the direction of their greatness. However, we leaders are also human, we have to combat our own struggles, hardships, shame, and insecurities in the midst of trying to leave our mark on the world. More often than not we ignore our own self-care and neglect to love ourselves in the process. This workshop aims to discuss how love is an act of leadership and how when we dare to love ourselves more, we will improve the way we lead. When we show ourselves compassion, empathy, and love, we model that to those who look up to us, who see our position and think: I want to be able to love myself too. A leader who understands the importance of self-love and self-care will be able to sustain their leadership and impact more lives.
On Loving Men focuses on expanding how we view and talk about love as it relates to same-gender loving men who love other men. Why do men fear being vulnerable? This workshop aims to empower men to speak openly and honestly about the love they have for other men. This workshop also discusses the inclusion of trans* men in the gay/same gender loving community and why it is important that no one is left out of the discussion.
Where the Lines Collide deals with the issues that may arise when one’s intersection of identities conflict with one another by developing dialogue that focuses on issues of race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic class, education, and other aspects of one’s identity.