Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) individuals have historically faced harassment, exclusionary behavior, and discrimination in many aspects of their lives, including in educational settings. This workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and tools to (1) recognize the negative impact of bias and heterosexual/cisgender privilege on the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals; (2) recognize challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM fields; (3) identify strategies for creating an inclusive and affirming environment; and (4) formulate a plan to become an ally for LGBTQ+ individuals. The workshop is open to students, faculty, and the professional community in STEM fields and assumes a basic understanding of LGBTQ+ concepts and terminology. By becoming Safe Zone allies, STEM professionals can help create a more diverse and talented engineering workforce and promote diversity and inclusion within the field.
Chavela Guerra, R., & Farrell, S. (2023). LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Ally Workshop. European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). DOI: 10.21427/QFSJ-3A22
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