WIU event discusses fostering LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

Western Illinois University in collaboration with the Quad Cities Graduate Center will host a “How to Foster LGBTQ+ Inclusivity, Building Safe Spaces at Work and in Schools,” event from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, June 7, on the Quad Cities campus in Building C, room 2406, Moline.

The purpose of this event is to ensure LGBTQ+ individuals feel safe and supported in schools and the community. All individuals benefit when others understand their experiences and the impact society has on their mental health. Participants will learn about ways to create a safe and inclusive environment in your workplace or classroom.

The training will be presented by WIU Counselor Education and College Student Personnel Assistant Professor Haley D. Wikoff and Clock Inc. Executive Director Chase Norris, who also is an alum of WIU’s Counselor Education program. 

The training is designed for licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical professional counselors, licensed mental health counselors, school counselors, school and clinical social workers, and other professionals. Continuing education credit is available for counselors, as WIU-QC is recognized by the National Board of Continuing Education for National Certified Counselors. 

All attendees will learn LGBTQ+ terminology and describe the differences between sexual identity and gender identity, relate to the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals in workplaces and schools and reflect on how privileges can impact societal experiences and identifying acknowledgment, affirmation and advocacy strategies for creating an inclusive environment.

To register for the event, visit here. The event is free. 

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