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Opening Hearts and Minds: How Elementary Educators Can Create SOGI Understanding

February 15, 2017 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Opening Hearts and Minds: How Elementary Educators Can Create SOGI Understanding

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Scarfe 1004 (lower floor)

From an early age, children have been taught that their gender shapes who they are, what they play with, who they should love, and what they may do with their lives. These gender boxes not only confine and suppress their passions and interests, but also provide an endorsement to ridicule and police those who dare to step outside. Our three panelists will share their extensive experience, innovative ideas, best practices and top resources to ensure that all students and families feel reflected, included and embraced in our schools and society.

Our three panelists are:

  • Sarah Larsen, Burnaby School District Elementary SOGI Support Teacher
  • Kate Paterson, 2nd year PhD student in EDST. Her research has focused on children’s literature (specifically traditional fairytales and “anti-oppressive” children’s picture books) in the elementary school classroom as a forum to open up meaningful discussions of gender and sexuality with young children. Her current doctoral work examines curriculum, pedagogy, and policy to support LGBTQ diversity and inclusivity in elementary education.
  • Steve Mulligan, Teacher Education For All Coordinator, Elementary Teacher and former Vancouver School Board Anti-homophobia and Diversity Consultant

The Teacher Education for All! project will build capacity for faculty, staff, and students in Teacher Education at UBC to create and provide an inclusive culture, work place, and learning environment with a particular focus on intersectional approaches to thinking about sexual and gender diversity and pedagogical approaches to recognize, and intervene to transform, the impacts of systemic discrimination.

The Teacher Education for All! project is funded by the UBC-ARC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Fund. ARC Foundation is a private foundation established in 2009, based in Vancouver, BC. ARC supports projects that exhibit Awareness, Respect and Capacity in improving the status of those who are marginalized in society by sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or financial status. Funding has also been provided by UBC’s Equity and Inclusion Office.

More info: tefa.educ@ubc.ca




February 15, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Neville Scarfe Building
Room 1004 - 2125 Main Mall