Upcoming Fall 2020 Queer Trans Identities & Experiences Seminars (QTies)

by Chava Nerenberg, Graduate Programming Assistant
Friday, October 30, 2020 9:45 AM

Come learn how to support LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and faculty through a QTie Seminar!

QTie Seminars provide education about the queer and trans community which include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) identities. LGBTQ is a common vernacular but does not fully represent the broad range of identities within the queer and trans community. QTie Seminars will expose UCSB students, faculty, and staff to the multifaceted experiences and challenges the LGBTQ campus community faces in navigating higher education and beyond. Furthermore, participants will build empathy and compassion while understanding their unique roles in integrating queer and trans-affirming practices in their workplaces, residence halls, and student organizations.

QTie Seminars are designed to provide professional and personal development for students, faculty, and staff at UCSB regarding LGBTQ identities and experiences. With an awareness that all forms of oppression are inherently interconnected, these seminars will focus on LGBTQ identity, experience, and culture through a social justice and intersectional lens.

Queer & Trans 101
Friday, November 13 and Tuesday, December 1, 1-3pm
The Queer & Trans 101 Seminar is an introduction to LGBTQ terminology and definitions. It seeks to build empathy to better support the LGBTQ campus community. Participants will learn the power and importance of language especially the importance of pronouns for transgender and gender non-conforming people. By the end of this seminar participants will have practical tools to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for the LGBTQ campus community. 

Trans 101
Tuesday, November 17 and Tuesday, December 8, 1-3pm
The Transgender 101 Seminar is an interactive introduction to the social construction of gender and will cover the spectrum of gender identities under the transgender umbrella. This seminar should be taken after the Queer & Trans 101 Seminar. This seminar covers fundamental information about gender identity, gender expression, and sex with an intersectional lens. It will highlight the importance of language and provide the opportunity to practice pronoun usage. It will begin the conversation about what it means to be transgender, and how students, faculty, and staff can be active advocates in combating transphobia at UCSB and beyond.

Register for one or more seminars here! Registration closes one week before the seminar.

For more information or if you would like to request a QTies for your department, email QTies@sa.ucsb.edu.