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I Am Who I Am: Promoting Inclusion of LGBTQ Individuals Within Our Schools

Wednesday, March 22 2:15 pm–3:30 pm
Sacramento Convention Center - 312

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Participants will learn terminology that is unique to the LGBTQ community, how to spot gender-related issues on campus and develop protocol for compliance with legal requirements governing bathroom access and other accommodations.

Full Description:
Participants will learn proper terminology unique to the LGBTQ community, how to spot issues on campus and develop protocol to ensure compliance with new legal requirements governing bathroom access and other accommodations for students and school personnel. Through real-world hypotheticals, attendees will discuss complex issues involving gender identity and expression, including how to balance competing interests on campus and identify best practices to support transitioning individuals without violating confidentiality.

Topic: Civil Rights
Additional Audience(s): Teachers/Administrators, General Ed/Stakeholders, Charter School Leaders
Level: All
Grade Level: Multiple Grade Levels

Presented by

Emily Bender Emily Bender, Sacramento LGBT Community Center

Emily Bender is the Director of Programs for the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. She has 25 years of experience in working with nonprofit organizations, focusing on programming which supports and advises members of the LGBT community. She is also the Vice President for PFLAG Sacramento, a support group for parents and families of queer and trans youth. Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and in Public & Nonprofit Organizations from Chapman University. She has her BA degree in Rhetoric & Communications, with a Psychology minor, from UC Davis.

Danielle Blackhall Danielle Blackhall, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

Danielle Blackhall has significant experience representing private and public employers, including schools, in administrative proceedings and all aspects of employment litigation in California state and federal courts. As a litigator, Ms. Blackhall routinely defends actions against schools for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, wrongful termination and the like. Ms. Blackhall also enjoys counseling her clients on day-to-day personnel and employment matters, and partnering with them to provide training on a variety of topics, including sexual harassment prevention, anti-discrimination, bullying, workplace investigations, accommodating disabled workers and special education.

Hollis Peterson Hollis Peterson, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLC

Prior to attending law school, Hollis enjoyed careers as a teacher and school counselor in multiple districts across the country. With over a decade of experience as an educator, Hollis is uniquely qualified to represent charter school clients in special education, test administration and personnel matters. Hollis also represents management in connection with National Labor Relations Board unfair labor practice and grievance proceedings, collective bargaining and labor-management relations.

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