Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI)

SOGI Inclusive Education and Leadership

This two-day institute will introduce you to a number of anti-oppressive, anti-racist and anti-colonial frameworks to think with and address sexuality and gender in its complex intersections. We suggest that building educational environments that are simultaneously anti-racist, anti-colonial and SOGI-focused is essential to equitable and socially just educational outcomes. Skilled facilitators will provide interactive opportunities for you to explore inclusive pedagogical approaches and curricular interventions, which will assist you in addressing educational gaps and support you in cultivating your own anti-racist and anti-colonial SOGI K-12 practices.

We will present ready-to-use resources, activities, and group discussion in a supportive environment. In addition to our two co-facilitators, you will have the opportunity to engage with a number of community-based professionals who will share their knowledge, lived experiences, and educational strategies. You will have the opportunity to critically engage with your own identities and relationships to gender, sexuality, race, colonialism and land as a way of deepening our collective commitment towards solidarity and intersectionality.

Workshops will guide you through embodied practices that address the ways racism and colonialism continues to infiltrate and shape our pedagogy as educators. This institute aims to support educators as they work to disrupt racism and colonialism in gender and sexuality education by building strategies to work through the discomfort of un/learning. By working in community with the facilitators and your colleagues, you will be able to cultivate the skills and knowledge necessary to address your own relationship to land, race and colonialism and equip you with the tools to teach with an intersectional, anti-oppressive lens.

Key topics will include:

  • an intersectional understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, with specific emphasis on the role of racism and colonialism in shaping contemporary conditions of gender and sexuality in education
  • moving beyond SOGI terminology and inclusive language
  • cultivating community and support through land and care
  • learning to move through discomfort of new information and knowledge
  • developing critical pedagogical practices used to support anti-racist, anti-colonial education
  • strategies to support solidarity work in and outside of K-12 spaces
  • tracing the impact of colonialism and racism in gender and sexuality education
  • demystifying the “Canadian” myth; grappling with settler-colonialism on Turtle Island
  • meeting the needs of Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary children and youth
  • strategies for responding to discrimination


SOGI Inclusive Education & Leadership

Dates: July 21 & 22, 2022
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Format: In Person | UBC Vancouver
Cost: $200 +GST

Course Instructors

Bishop Owis (they/them) is an educator, community activist and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. They are first-generation born and raised on the unceded territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples of Tkaranto (Toronto, Ontario) by immigrant parents from Guyana (Indo-Guyanese), Egypt, China and Portugal.

They are a graduate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) where they received their PhD researching how educators understand their own ethical commitments of care when working with queer and trans youth of colour. Their research explores the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and colonialism in education using public and art-based pedagogies that centre care to inform a sense of collective imagination; one that strives for queer futurity, world-building and thriving. Bishop is an alumni Junior Fellow at Massey College and has delivered sex education workshops with Planned Parenthood and the Sex Education Centre at the University of Toronto. Bishop earned their teaching qualifications in 2019 in the Junior-Intermediate division and is a proud genderqueer/trans, neuroqueer, dis/abled educator.

Daniel Gallardo (they/them) is a cuiloni mestizx from Anahuac (Mexhico). They are Nahua del Centro and Pur’epecha on their father’s side of the family and on their mother’s side of the family, they are of settler ancestry, Andalusian-Berber and French. Daniel is a doctoral student with the Department of Educational Studies at UBC, whose research involves the ideological leverage of settler-colonialism and its impacts on race, sexuality and gender in education. They have been working with curriculum development towards social justice for the last 10 years. Since coming to UBC, Daniel is part of the Indigenous Education Office and a Professional Development Coordinator with SOGI UBC.