January 15, 2018

Navigating Classroom Dialogue Around Controversial Issues

Differences in opinion and experience can spark controversy and divisions in our classrooms. How can we engage students with respect and courage, and encourage students to do the same? How do we respond when our buttons get pushed by student comments or actions? How can we find the balance between free speech and hurtful/ hateful speech and work with the gap between intention and impact? On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day we invite you to explore these questions and move from confusion and dissatisfaction towards clarity and direction.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. his is the interrelated structure of reality.”
~ Martin Luther King. Jr.

DATE: Monday, January 15, 2018
TIME: 1 PM — 4 PM
LOCATION: Gandhi Institute for Non Violence, 929 South Plymouth Avenue, 14608

This workshop is designed for high school and college classrooms and is applicable to a wider range of audiences and group interactions. The fee for the workshop is $75. Financial support is available as needed, thanks to the generous support of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. To register for the workshop online Click here or complete the information on back and mail. Contact Pat Willis at or (585)313-1047 with any questions/ concerns.


Indrani views the world as an ecologist, educator, and yogi and brings a social justice lens to building equitable, respectful, and sustainable partnerships among diverse groups. She is known for her ability to connect with each person to genuinely understand their point of view, and make sure each party’s perspective is shared at the table. She earned a B.A in Biology from Grinnell College and an M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell.
As Director of NCBI Rochester, Inc., whose mission is to train and nurture young people and adults as cross-cultural leaders, Steve is skilled in creating environments where everyone and every perspective are welcomed as vital contributors to group process. His background as educator, school director, manager and community engagement specialist have earned the respect of a broad range of community interest groups. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Thursday, January 25

32nd Annual Athena International Awards

  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018
  • Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center
  • 7-8:30pm AWARDS DINNER


  • $1,500 TABLE SPONSORSHIP Sponsorship recognition on tent card displayed at each table at the awards dinner 5 tickets to ATHENA Awards VIP reception on January 17, 2018, sponsored by Dixon Schwabl Exhibitor table at general reception at the awards dinner (optional) Table of 10 at the awards dinner
  • $1,200 DINNER & DISPLAY Exhibitor table at general reception at the awards dinner Table of 10 at the awards dinner
  • $950 TABLE OF 10 Table of 10 at the awards dinner
  • $450 BUSINESS SHOWCASE Exhibitor table at general reception at the awards dinner 2 tickets to the awards dinner
  • $100 INDIVIDUAL TICKET* A portion of every ticket purchased will support the Women's Council's Young Women of Distinction scholarship program.
  • *Special pricing is available for guests under the age of 18


Friday, March 9

Senior Services Provider SafeZone Training

  • March 9 from 11am-4pm
  • Appropriate Audience: Senior Services Providers
  • Location: The LGBTQ Academy's Education Center (100 College Avenue. Rochester, NY 14607)
  • There is free parking in the lot next to building.
  • Registration Fee: $85 (which includes: SafeZone manual, a SafeZone lapel pin and sticker, a certificate of course completion and lunch)

Many LGBTQ+ seniors are extremely vulnerable as they age. They may return to "the closet" after years of living authentically, for fear of being mistreated by health and aging care professionals. Having lived in a time when LGBTQ+ people faced involuntary electroshock therapy, arrests for "sexual deviance" and being diagnosed with a mental illness simply for being themselves, the LGBTQ+ older adult community can experience heightened anxiety and distrust around aging care services. Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ older adults are also less likely than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts to have children or other nuclear family members to support their well-being as they age. This dynamic and interactive workshop will provide information about: the risks and realities of LGBTQ+ older adults, tips for being inclusive and respectful in our language, understanding the process of coming out for older adults, the components of sex, gender and sexuality, as well as strategies for working toward inclusiveness, where LGBTQ+ older adults are able to acknowledge their life experiences and age with dignity and respect.

To Register, go to this page and click the second button on the right.

Thursday, April 26

SafeZone Training

  • April 26 from 9am-1pm
  • Appropriate Audience: All are welcome
  • Location: The LGBTQ Academy's Education Center (100 College Avenue. Rochester, NY 14607). There is free parking in the lot next to our building
  • Registration Fee: $75 (which includes: a SafeZone Manual, SafeZone sticker, SafeZone lapel pin and breakfast)

The LGBTQ Academy SafeZone Training is a 4 hour, dynamic, interactive workshop that includes activities and discussion around: LGBTQ+ inclusive and respectful language, the process of coming out, understanding sex, gender and sexuality, taking action and where to go for help or resources. This session will give participants the skills they need to provide support and to create environments that are safe and inclusive so that all people are empowered to reach their full potential.

Note: Taking this training is the first step towards becoming an LGBTQ Academy Speakers Bureau Member.

Register, go to this page and click the top button on the right.

Thursday, May 10

SpeakOUT Training

  • May 10 from 9am-5pm
  • Appropriate Audience: Anyone who has attended our SafeZone Training. SafeZone is a prerequisite for our SpeakOUT Training
  • Location: The LGBTQ Academy's Education Center (100 College Avenue. Rochester, NY 14607). There is free parking in the lot next to our building.
  • Registration Fee: $100 (which includes a SpeakOUT manual, breakfast and lunch) or $50 for participants who have taken the 4 hour SafeZone Training offered at the LGBTQ Academy.

A perfect workshop for counselors, teachers, student leaders, Dignity Act Coordinators, GSA advisors and social workers! Become more confident and articulate while talking with others about LGBTQ+ issues. We will focus on using your personal story as a tool for education, responding to questions mindfully and tips for communicating respectfully in the face of resistance. A great experience for someone new to LGBTQ+ issues, or someone who has lived or worked with the issues for years. No matter your identity (transgender, lesbian, gay, straight, bi, cisgender, etc.) this class will be of value to you. Think of it as professional development for your life!

Note: If you have taken the SafeZone Training at the LGBTQ Academy, you will receive a 50% discount on the SpeakOUT Training. Taking this training is the second step towards becoming an LGBTQ Academy Speakers Bureau Member.

To Register Contact:

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