2017 SUMMER INSTITUTE:
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Education and Leadership
Registration is available for non-credit participation.
All courses are subject to minimum enrolment. We advise that participants do not finalize any travel arrangements until notified that this course is confirmed.
Recent changes to the BC Human Rights Code to include “gender identity and expression”, as well as a new directive from the Ministry of Education, demonstrate how the legal and professional landscape regarding sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) in schools has progressed. Not only is this inclusion now legally necessary, but it is imperative to create a society where people can accept themselves and others. Educators, researchers, and administrators are recognizing that SOGI inclusive policies and practices benefit all students by creating a more positive and accepting school climate from Kindergarten through to university. Unfortunately, while a majority of educators support this work, many say they don’t have the training or resources.
This two-day summer program will address this gap in knowledge and resources by developing and presenting inclusive pedagogical approaches that recognize, and intervene to transform, the impacts of systemic discrimination towards sexual and gender minorities. This course will first remind you why SOGI education is so critical, by exploring the harm of homophobia, transphobia and a rigid gender binary. It will then introduce you to incredible guest speakers who will bring lived experience and real world strategies to life. Your experienced co-facilitators will present hands-on activities and group discussion in a supportive atmosphere to bring everyone along in their own journey of sexuality and gender understanding. In addition to building and advancing knowledge, both teachers and administrators also want tools they can use immediately. This course will provide easy to use, proven lesson plans from K-12, matched with top resources such as books, film and video, websites and supportive community organizations. As well, facilitators will highlight and allow you to problem solve and discuss the most common SOGI scenarios which arise in schools. By brainstorming together, you can be proactive and thus avoid issues, while also preparing yourself to react with greater confidence in the future.
Key topics will include:
- a deeper understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity as spectra
- essential SOGI terminology and language
- legal requirements, Ministry guidelines, school policies and procedures
- best practices for facilities, field trips and extra-curricular activities
- creating an inclusive classroom and school environment
- running a successful gender sexuality alliance (GSA) or elementary diversity club
- meeting the needs of trans and gender fluid youth
- building trust and addressing parent/community questions
- understanding and developing an intersectional approach/lens
- an introduction to Two Spirit identities and experiences
- tips for inclusive sexual health education
- responding to and teaching students to respond to discrimination.
Finally, this course will highlight the work of the SOGI123 campaign and website SOGIeducation.org that were launched this year to support educators across BC in the areas of policy and procedures, inclusive environments and curriculum resources. This team also connected nine BC school districts as part of a very successful SOGI Education Network pilot project.
Be a part of this change to not simply tell students that it gets better, but to MAKE IT BETTER! Whether your focus is elementary, secondary, teacher education, or administration, this short course will provide the tools, resources and confidence to create and inspire environments where all students not only feel safer, but included and empowered.
Steve is currently seconded to the Faculty of Education at UBC coordinating the Teacher Education for All (TEFA) Project which aims to build faculty, staff and teacher candidate capacity in sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) educational practices and climate. He has worked for the Vancouver School Board teaching both elementary and high school, and four years as the district’s Anti-homophobia and Diversity Consultant where he guided senior management, administrators, counsellors and teachers on best practices and policy around SOGI issues.
Dr. Lori MacIntosh
Lori received her Ph.D. in the Sociology of Education in 2013. She has been teaching in the Faculty of Education since 2009, and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and Critical Studies in Sexuality since 2011. Her research interests include critical studies in gender and sexuality, queer theory, youth media studies, and the intersecting realms of social justice theory. Lori has authored numerous articles critically examining the public construction of queer bodies, youth media production, Youth and media literacies and anti-homophobia education, and the repercussions of medical discourses regarding LGBT sexual health. Dr. MacIntosh is involved with several LGBT youth leadership and educational initiatives at UBC and in the community including: UBC’s Campout, UBC’s Teacher Education for All, Out on Screen/Out In Schools, and The Critical Studies in Sexuality Program. She serves as the educational chair for Out In Schools.
UBC Vancouver | Face-to-Face
Leonard S. Klinck Building (LSK) | Room 462
6356 Agricultural Rd, | Map
July 4 - 5
9:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday and Wednesday
Registration & Fees
Fees for this program, as well as the opening date for registration, will depend upon your registration type or student category.
Non-Credit Registration & Fees
- Non-Credit Participation
Fees: $120 + GST
Non-credit registration opens February 21.
Full payment is required with your online registration in order to reserve your space. We accept payment by credit card or debit card. Please note that should UBC cancel the course, a full refund will be issued.
Refund Policy for Non-Credit Applications: If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice by to be eligible for a refund (less a $65 administration fee). No refund will be made for cancellations received later than this date, unless a course is cancelled by UBC Faculty of Education.
FAQs: Review the FAQs for Non-Credit Course Registration.
Credit tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis. Tuition fees are in Canadian dollars and are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors.
For current UBC tuition, visit UBC Tuition Fees for the Education per credit tuition fees.
For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.
Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.
Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia. The Western Deans Agreement does not apply to this course.
Student Assessed Fees
Certain additional fees apply to students who take courses on campus.
Students who meet certain requirements may opt out of the U-Pass and AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan, during the first two weeks of the term.
To see if you qualify for the U-Pass fee exemption, read the U-Pass FAQ information.
If you already have medical/dental coverage (other than BC MSP), you may be able to apply for an exemption if you meet certain requirements and follow the opt-out procedures. Visit the Student Service Centre (SSC) for more information.
Students registered in on-campus courses in the summer session are not assessed Health/Dental Plan fees.
Tuition Fee Certificates
Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 | email@example.com
Admission to UBC
To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus).
To register in courses offered for credit you must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education, Vancouver campus.
- If you were previously a student here, you will need to apply for re-admission. If you are not applying for a program, you can apply as an unclassified student to receive credit for this course.
- If you are a UBC Okanagan student, or interested in a program offered by UBC Okanagan, please see Admission Categories on the Application & Registration page.
View the Application & Registration page for details, instructions and application forms.
Visiting Graduate Students
To be eligible for admission as a Visiting Graduate Student to UBC, you must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.
For assistance with the online admission procedures, contact the Teaching Education Office