Gender-Sexuality Professional Alliance Group (Bay Area)
This working group of LGBTQ+* professionals will provide a unique opportunity for educators to connect in a confidential, respectful, and relaxed atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to develop a network of LGBTQ+ educators which continues well beyond our four meetings.
Each meeting will provide time for participants to share stories, ask questions, celebrate successes and identify strategies to addresses any challenges or concerns presented. In addition, we will explore a particular theme which will help guide and build upon your school’s capacity to understand and celebrate students, staff, and families of all genders and sexualities.
The specific themes covered will reflect the common interests and needs of the participants and naturally evolve over the course of the year. Possible themes may include:
- Coming out and being out in the workplace
- Supporting LGBTQ+ students and related social justice clubs
- Working with families that hold a wide range of beliefs and perspectives
- Identifying and problem-solving common questions and concerns
- Incorporating historical and current event gender and sexuality lessons in class discussions
- Building an LGBTQ+ inclusive school library
- Reviewing resources within the community and beyond
* LGBTQ+ is a term that embraces a wide range of sexualities and genders including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer.
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is the Dean of Adult Equity & Inclusion at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, California. Prior to her current position, she served as the Director of Diversity Initiatives at Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico for three years. She currently works with staff, faculty, administration, parents, and trustees in creating an integrated program to further the school's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Tamisha is a member of the People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) board of directors where she helps to coordinate networking and professional development opportunities for Northern California Bay Area educators and school communities.
is the Athletic Director at Julia Morgan School. Additionally, her role co-creates and facilitates the the Social Emotional Learning curriculum with the school counselor. This class includes units on mental health, genders and sexualities, inclusion and empathy. She also is an advisor to the GSA at her school. Before moving to California, Laura worked at an organization in Detroit, MI, serving girls and supporting families to make positive choices. There she facilitated workshops in poetry, leadership, conflict resolution, relationships, performance, and many other topics that help foster self-esteem and community building. Most recently before returning to teaching, she spent five years working to empower athletes of all abilities as the Vice President of Regional Sports for Special Olympics Northern California.