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The Making of Effort: What Singular “they” Teaches Us About the Everyday Life of Social Difference

November 25, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Making of Effort: What Singular “they” Teaches Us About the Everyday Life of Social Difference

Friday, November 25, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Scarfe 209

Dr. Lee Airton is a lecturer in the Master of Teaching Program at OISE/University of Toronto as well as an educator, speaker, researcher and blogger focused on enabling individuals and institutions to welcome gender diversity. Dr. Airton will discuss gender-neutral pronoun usage and particularly “they” as a singular pronoun, arguing that, as with anything new, its usage requires some extra effort, but that this effort is not terribly different from extra efforts already made to accommodate social difference in everyday life.

In 2012, Lee founded They Is My Pronoun or TIMP, the only Q+A-based blog about gender-neutral pronoun usage and user support. Through TIMP, Lee has supported hundreds of gender-neutral pronoun users and allies, including teachers, parents and co-workers, and continues this work offline through their training, consulting and advocacy company, They’re Here! As a teacher educator for ten years, Lee has worked with hundreds of teacher candidates to widen the circle of belonging and participation for students of all genders, whether transgender or no. At OISE, Lee is also a consultant with several research projects on gender and sexual diversity in Ontario K-12 schools. Lee’s scholarly work on gender and sexual diversity in education has appeared in the journals Sex Education, Curriculum Inquiry, and Teachers College Record.

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




November 25, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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