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Mentor Professional Development

Embracing Diversity: LGBTQIA+ Identities & Experiences in Coming Out

Mentor PD

Friday, March 15
6-7:15PM ET

virtual event; open to Girls Write Now mentors, staff, and peer-to-peer mentees. Required for mentors

Most of us have likely heard of the term “coming out,” but what does it truly entail? The truth is that there is no one way to come out or be out. In this professional development session, we will embark on a journey to understand the intricacies of “coming out.” Join us for an enlightening evening as we delve into the vast, diverse community of LGBTQIA+ people and the different experiences with “coming out.”

Through interactive discussions, personal anecdotes, and informative presentations, participants will gain insight into the challenges, triumphs, and nuances of the coming-out process. We aim to foster a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals can establish an understanding of LGBTQIA+ identities and learn from the experiences of others. Whether you identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or as an ally, this workshop welcomes all who seek to broaden their perspectives and deepen their empathy.

Meet the Teaching Artist

Olivia “Ollie” Jayakar

Olivia “Ollie” Jayakar

Olivia “Ollie” Jayakar (they/them) is an experienced diversity equity and inclusion dialogue and workshop facilitator. They transform minds and behaviors to create a just world where queer and trans people of color can thrive. Their work is grounded in principles of popular education, intergroup dialogue, and identity-affirming practices. For over 3 years, they have created workshops, designed curriculum, and facilitated for schools, colleges, and other organizations on topics of race, gender, socioeconomic status, and consent and sexual ethics. Olivia’s formal training includes their current study at the University of Michigan, a Master of Higher Education, focusing on Diversity and Social Justice. They hold a Bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies and a double-minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC) and Intergroup Relations Education.

This event is open to:

all mentors, GWN staff and peer-to-peer mentees

March 15 6:00 pm 7:15 pm EDT

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