BPW Members $10
Guests $15
On Tuesday, June 8th, from 12pm – 1pm, we’ll be hosting a lunch and learn with Wendy Li (she/her) from OUT Saskatoon.
In the 1-hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the foundations of identity, terminology, proper language, and how to provide services in an inclusive way. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers, and resources will also be provided.
Topic overview: Terminology, gender-inclusive language, pronouns, washrooms, change rooms, and gendered spaces, the concept of safe space, and how to provide inclusive customer service.
(If you cannot attend live, that’s fine – a recording will be provided to all who register.)
Wendy graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College of Education in 2015 and didn’t take the traditional classroom route. In her role at OUT Saskatoon, she educates students and staff across the province on 2SLGBTQ (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) identities and topics. Wendy also co-ordinates Camp fYrefly Saskatchewan, a camp for queer youth and allies to build leadership skills, community, and identity.
In Wendy’s own words: “I have the privilege to educate students from kindergarten to grade 12 and staff all across the province about 2SLGBTQ terminology and inclusive language. Through this work, I have had many meaningful conversations with students and staff who are discovering their identities. They feel validated when they see a queer person talk openly about and normalize 2SLGBTQ issues. Through my work, I help teachers and administrators find ways to create safer spaces in their schools for their students and colleagues. It is important to create affirming spaces in schools for queer students, as many still do not feel safe to come out at home or within their peer groups. Classroom presentations and the opportunity to attend a camp solely for 2SLGBTQ youth can help teens build the confidence needed to come out and live authentically. Additionally, 2SLGBTQ training for teachers and administrators leads to more inclusive environments within schools, in the hopes that students won’t have to build up the confidence to brave coming out, but that they can simply be accepted for who they are. I hope that I can help queer kids to know that they are not alone.”