Common Time, March 22nd 2011

Join Us for a student-organized day of workshops at

Hunter College School of Social Work!


Wake-up! Babeland Presents Safer Sex in Social Work!

Babeland’s Safer Sex workshop will approach the topic from a holistic, fun, and sex-positive perspective! Information such as sexy anatomy, proper use of barriers, risk evaluation, communication, and how to include sex toys in safer sex will be covered.

NATALIE KUHL has been a sex educator at Babeland for a year and a half. She delights in talking about sex all day with the many different people who walk through the doors each day. She thinks sex toys make the world a better place, and that world peace is attainable-through the power of orgasm of course!

2-3:30pm: Workshop Slot 1

1. Best Practices and Policies for Serving Sex Work Communities

An introduction to sex work, sex worker populations, and best practices guidelines using harm reduction, anti-trafficking, and sex-positive perspectives.

LIZ AFTON is a second year Clinical student at HCSSW with a particular interest in individual and community trauma. Her field placement is at the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center. She is planning to write her senior project on sex work as a healing modality, pleasure as a human right, and sex workers’ historical interactions with and influence on the development of harm reduction.

CRYSTAL DEBOISE, LMSW, is the Co-director of the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center. She founded the Human Trafficking Services Program at New York Association for New Americans in 2002. Prior to that, she provided counseling services to victims of violence in a substance abuse clinic in the Bronx, was a housing specialist for survivors of domestic violence, and worked in the public school system. She works with clients and systems eclectically, using a harm reduction approach that respects the rights of all people to therapeutic care.

2. Is Gay The New Black?
Race, Policy Advocacy, and the LGBT Movement. Has “gay” replaced “black” as the new social barometer for oppression in the US? This workshop will explore the racial politics that have shaped the LGBT Movement over the last 15 years, but will specifically focus on the Post-Prop 8 moment where white LGBT activists declared “gay is the new black.”

KENYON FARROW has been working as an organizer, communications strategist, and writer on issues at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, prisons, and homophobia. Kenyon is the former Executive Director of Queers for Economic Justice—where he also served served as the National Public Education Director. Currently Kenyon is working on a new report on the Tea Party and LGBT Politics with Political Research Associates, as well as working as a book editor with South End Press. Kenyon is the co-editor of “Letters From Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out” (Nation Books 2005), and the upcoming “Stand Up! The Politics of Racial Uplift” (South End Press). His work has appeared in many online publications and his own blog,, in the anthologies, “Spirited: Affirming the Soul of Black Lesbian and Gay Identity” (Red Bone Press 2006) and “Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage (AK Press 2010).” He has been honored as one of Out Magazine’s Out 100 for 2008, the Advocate Magazine’s “40 Under 40” LGBT Leaders in the United States for 2010, and one of Black Entertainment Television’s “Modern Black History Heroes” for 2011.

3. Student Panel – Religion, Sexuality and Gender

The speakers will present on their experiences as LGBTQ individuals in religious communities, either growing up or how they currently identify. Speakers will specifically address how social work students can properly respect religious boundaries while dealing with clients struggling with orientation and gender identity issues.

ELY WINKLER  was born in Fort Lee, NJ, where he grew up attending religious institutions his entire life. As an undergraduate student at Yeshiva University, Ely cofounded the Yeshiva University Tolerance Club, and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2010. Ely is studying at Hunter School of Social Work, with an internship at Hunter College Hillel in New York City. Ely is very passionate about promoting an atmosphere of diversity and understanding in the Jewish world, and in particular with the Jewish LGBTQ community, as he works in his spare time with an organization known as Jewish Queer Youth, and hopes to continue that work after receiving his MSW in Spring 2012.

SUZY UJVAGI is a queer-identified Catholic woman. She began her graduate studies at Union Theological Seminary in 2008 and is now attending Hunter College School of Social Work with a method in Community Organizing, Development, and Planning. Suzy will graduate with both a Master’s in Divinity and Master’s in Social Work in 2012. She is currently placed at the Violence Intervention Program, Inc. in the Community Education and Outreach Program. Especially accredited to her involvement with the Poverty Initiative at Union Theological Seminary, she plans to work with communities and religious institutions to join the movement to end poverty.

4. The A B Ts of Gender

The A B Ts of Gender, Participants will explore the relationship between gender and sexual orientation, and the impact of gender stereotyping in different contexts. Participants will develop strategies to combat the impact of gender stereotyping.

PAUL WARREN, LMSW, – created, and is the Program Manager for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Health Aware Project in the Training Institute at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI). He is also a freelance consultant and has over 19 years experience in education, training facilitation, curriculum development/writing, and program development/management. Mr. Warrens’ current responsibilities in the Training Institute include curriculum development, training facilitation, managing on and off-site contract trainings and technical assistance interventions. Prior to his current responsibilities at NDRI, he created and managed the Technical Assistance Program (TAP). TAP work included the development of HIV/AIDS specific curricula and delivery of trainings targeted to build staff and organizational capacities. Mr. Warren has written curricula on: Stress Management and Vicarious Trauma-1 day and ½ day versions, Team Building, Working with LGBT Clients – Tools for Effective and Sensitive Care, Working with LGBT Clients in Treatment and Recovery, and Homophobia Reducing the Harm and Risk. Additionally, he has reviewed and tailored a wide range of existing curricula to meet specific needs of technical assistance recipients. Areas of content expertise include and are not limited to: HIV/AIDS, HIV Treatment Adherence, HIV Disclosure, Counseling Skills, Group Work, Team Building, and LGBT Competent Practice. Prior clients include and are not limited to: The Centers for Disease Control, Iris House, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Narcotics Rehabilitation Center, The Chinese American Planning Council, and Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Mr. Warren served on the New York City HIV Prevention Planning Group as a community representative for four-years. He has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.

5. Elder Pride

(15 people max)
This workshop will focus on the sensitive issues and factors service providers need to keep in mind when working with LGBT older adults. Participants will have a chance to discuss relevant experiences and knowledge about this unique community while hearing about ElderPride, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center’s initiative to cater to LGBT older adults.

RACHEL KLECHEVSKY is a second year MSW student at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She has a focused background on clinical practice with the LGBTQI population. Rachel has had several opportunities to educate her peers about the necessity of a sex positive practice; validating clients of varied sexual histories, backgrounds, orientations and interests.

ALESHA HIGGINS is a senior at New York University majoring in social work and sociology. Alesha has been working on the ElderPride program since October 2010 and is very excited to experience its workshops coming to fruition! She has served as a social work intern at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center since January 2009 and has seen the gradual growth of the agency and its services. Although she has no concrete plans after graduation, Alesha is dedicated to the social work profession and looks forward to pursuing her master’s degree in the future.

6. Gender and Sexuality Perspectives on Healthcare

How would a universal, publicly financed health system affect LGBT communities? How would it affect women? The path to health justice has many obstacles, especially for gender and sexual minorities. Laurie Wen, the ED of Physicians for a National Health Program-NY Metro and Member of ACT-UP-New York, will start the program with a description of our broken and inequitable health system, propose a clear alternative (a Medicare-for-All system), and then ask participants to share stories of how their own gender or sexuality has affected their access to health care.

LAURIE WEN is the Executive Director of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), NY Metro chapter. Laurie began her health justice work in 2001, with the AIDS activist group ACT UP, an all-volunteer direct action group that has won numerous victories for the HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities. Laurie is formerly the Advocacy Coordinator at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has also served as a Program Office at the Geneva-based Women Defending Peace Coalition.

7. Radical Practice-Challenging hetero/gender normativity

Radical social work must include a critical awareness of the impact of hetero- and gender normativity on all aspects of practice. In this workshop, participants will critically examine the category of “gender identity disorder,” its implications for practice, and our responsibility as agents of social change.

COOPER SABATINO is a queer and transgender therapist working in an adult outpatient mental health agency in Brooklyn. He is committed to working against current psychiatric and diagnostic criteria that serve to further disenfranchise LGBTQ identified people, and to providing culturally competent and affirming therapeutic services.

JAMA SHELTON is a doctoral candidate in Social Welfare at the CUNY Graduate Center. Born from her experiences as the Director of Transitional Living at the Ali Forney Center (where she is currently employed as a program evaluator), her dissertation will examine transgender identity development among unstably housed youth.

3:45-5:15pm Workshop 2

1. Let’s Talk About Sex: The invisible dimension in social work practice

(Workshop will Start at 4pm)
In this workshop participants will discuss both the importance of and our reluctance to including the sexual dimension within the biopsychosocial assessment of our clients. The workshop explores the core elements of the PLISSIT model as a way of exploring sex and sexuality within practice. All material will be presented in a way that honors a range of sexual and gender identities.

Dr. SJ DODD is an Associate Professor at the Hunter College School of Social Work and the CUNY Graduate Center, where she teaches Social Welfare Policy, Research, and Human Sexuality. SJ is currently the co-PI on an HHS OMH funded trauma-informed program aimed at reducing sexual risk behaviors and substance use in 8th grade students in East Harlem. She is also the program evaluator for the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections. SJ is in the final stages of writing Practice Based Research: A Text for Social Workers (with Irwin Epstein; Routledge Press). SJ serves as a consulting editor for the Journal of Teaching in Social Work and the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services. She has served as a member of the faculty steering committee for the Center for LGBT Social Science and Public Policy at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute since its inception in 2008.

2. BAD FIT: Challenging the Prevalence of Homophobia, Transphobia, and Heterosexism in Social Work Education
BAD FIT is a documentary highlighting student voices and challenging the prevalence of homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in social work education. Ignorance and heterosexism play out in subtle ways that can erase identities and experiences. If social work educators and students become aware of heterosexual and gender normative biases, they can work to affirm diverse identities and effectively serve LGBTQ clients in all settings. BAD FIT was produced by Jill Kaufman and Ady Ben-Israel, graduates of the MSW program at Hunter College School of Social Work.

JILL KAUFMAN, LMSW received a Master in Social Work degree from Hunter College School of Social Work, focusing in community organizing. Since graduation, Jill has been working at Queens Community House and is currently the Director of Counseling at the agency’s transfer high school, VOYAGES Preparatory, which serves overage and undercredited students at risk of dropping out of school. Jill recently became a foster mother.

ADY BEN-ISRAEL, MA, LCSW graduated from Hunter College School of Social Work, focusing in group work and new populations. Ady is currently the Program Coordinator of the Gender Identity Project and of Group Services at the NYC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. Ady is also pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology and is in private practice.

LINDSEY CHARLES received her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work, focusing on community organizing. Currently Lindsey works for F.E.G.S (Federation Employment Guidance Services) and is the Assistant Director of Supportive Services at Bronx Lab High School where she provides counseling and leadership development opportunities to high school youth. In addition, Lindsey currently serves on the board of ALP (Audre Lorde Project). The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area.

3. Trans Care: Basics for Social Work Practice
This workshop will provide an overview of transgender care issues and help build skills for providers in how to work more effectively with members of transgender and gender non-conforming communities.

RAY  CARANNANTE  is a clinical social worker who has specialized in transgender care services for over a decade. He has worked at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center where he assisted in developing the protocols for medical and mental health services for transgender clients, and more recently directed the Gender Identity Project at the Lesbian-Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of NYC.

4. Crips & Queers: Telling Our Stories

This workshop will profile the unique experiences of members of the LGBTQ community living with disabilities through personal narratives, interactive discussions of core issues, and multimedia presentations. Our goal is to highlight the intersectionality between ableism and homophobia as manifested in the macro and micro levels. We will strive to increase awareness of gender, sexuality, and queerness in a disabled context and to provide a space for the Hunter community to engage in a dialogue on how they fit into our anti-oppressive and practice-focused frameworks in our Hunter SSW experience and beyond as future social workers.

TONY HEYWOOD lived with diabetes practically all his life; and has over-came many of the physical complications, as well as personal and social challenges that comes with living with diabetes. He has dedicated his life to diabetes awareness, by creating a blog called; that encourages, inspires, & informs people living with the disease.

SOARA-JOYE ROSS is an Actress, Singer, Adoptee, Lesbian and Pomeranian owner. Born and raised in Queens, New York currently residing in the downtown Brooklyn area. One that tries to look at the glass half full, talks to her mom almost everyday, and a Type 1 Divabetic. She co-facilitates ACT1 Diabetes’ support group for young women and is a leader in the organization’s advocacy work.

KATIE SAVIN is an advanced standing student at Hunter SSW and a GASA member. She is a co-founder of ACT1 Diabetes, a community-based organization advocating for diabetic rights, services and empowerment. She is grateful for the opportunity to embrace her queer identity alongside her multiple chronic illnesses through an educational and personal exploration with her social worker colleagues.
5. HIV Political Advocacy

Advocacy, activism and direct action can change policy dramatically, and it is a key element to the way that lives can change. We’ve seen dramatic examples of this change in recent months, from Egypt to Wisconsin. How can social workers embrace this method of change? Come for a lively discussion on the direct connections between social work, political advocacy and direct action, whether you are studying case work, group work or community organizing. We will be using examples from the fight for justice for people living with HIV/AIDS in New York, nationally, and in Haiti.

NADINE JUSTE-BECKLES currently serves as the Executive Director of the Housing Works’ East New York Adult Day Health Care Center. Ms. Juste-Beckles is responsible for the oversight of the day treatment program, primary care unit, residential facility and the OASAS approved outpatient substance use program. Prior to her work at Housing Works, she has worked in several arenas in the HIV/AIDS field which includes working with The New York State Department of Health/AIDS Institute of New York. She also worked at various community-based organizations as the Program Director of COBRA case management services.

Ms. Juste-Beckles is as a board member of the Park Slope Center for Mental Health and Diaspora Community Services as well as a member of the National Haitian American Health Alliance (NHAHA). In December 2007, she was honored by State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines for her “exceptional accomplishments with HIV/AIDS services and delivery” in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint/Bushwick area and for the work she has done over the last 15 years for community-based AIDS organizations and the state. She is currently working on her second Master’s degree at Hunter College’s School of Social Work. Ms. Juste-Beckles, who is 1st generation Haitian-American, lives in Brooklyn, NY with her three children.

JOHNNY GUAYLUPO oversees efforts to connect New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS to Cylar House’s comprehensive life-saving services. Infected with HIV at the age of 17, Guaylupo has served as an organizer for the Campaign to End AIDS’ Youth Action Institute since 2005. He is currently serving as the program coordinator for homeless MSM youth in Brooklyn.In 2006, he spoke to over 300 young people at the Ryan White AIDS Conference in Philadelphia; participated in the civil society youth caucus at the United Nations High Level Meetings on HIV/AIDS; and was awarded the Tarsha Durant National Leadership Award (NAPWA). Johnny has been part of the Kaiser Family Foundation PSA “SOY” Campaign and MTV Staying Alive PSA for World AIDS Day 2008. He is also the chair for the V.O.C.A.L. Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders. He serves in the Steering Committee for Health GAP (Global Access Project).

KRISTIN GOODWIN has been working in HIV/AIDS advocacy for the last four years, and currently serves as the Director of NYC Policy and Organizing at Housing Works, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY. Kristin began working in housing advocacy in 2002 in Akron, Ohio, where she worked with neighborhood residents, faith communities, and community-based organizations to fight sub-standard housing and absentee landlords in the neighborhood where she lived. She moved to New York in 2005 and earned her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work in June 2007, focusing on community organization and planning. Kristin worked as a community organizer at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York before beginning her position at Housing Works in September 2008. She is a passionate advocate for AIDS housing, and has been working with clients on campaigns to change NYC’s HIV/AIDS housing eligibility and improve access to services in NYC for the last four years.

6. Tooled: How Masculine-Identified Social Workers Fight Sexism
This student-led workshop will provide an opportunity for masculine-identified social workers to discuss gender privilege as it relates to social work practice. The purpose of the discussion is to process how our experiences within the hierarchy among men create barriers to accessing a feminist lens.

5:15-7:00pm: Organization Tabling (Hexter Lounge)
Visit Hexter Lounge to learn about organizations in NYC promoting sex positivity through medical care, activism and academia.
BlueStockings, Planned Parenthood, The New York Civil Liberties Union

5:20-6pm: Self-Care Workshops

1. Learn how to self-treat your body with MELT (Myofascial Energetic Length Technique)
Gain immediate results and lasting changes that improve your posture, alleviate stress, improve digestion and enhance overall wellness. During this quick self care workshop, you will experience the MELT Hand and Foot Self-Treatment using specialized balls. This treatment aligns your joints to reduce compression and tension, improves your gait, alleviates common foot pain and keeps your whole body working efficiently.

SHADIA MARJI wears many hats. She is an educational trainer and facilitator, community organizer, pilates instructor, and social worker. In her quest for self-care, she became a certified MELT instructor to help people relieve pain, stay active and enhance their mind-body connection. Realizing that self-care is indeed a political act, she is happily promoting self-care to all.

2. Meditative yoga practice with focus on wellness

AUGUSTA GORDON is a second year student in the Accelerated program at Hunter. She is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor.

3. Starfish Body&Soul was originally developed as a healing modality for trauma survivors, but most everyone enjoys it — and besides, who among couldn’t use a little healing? Give yourself the gift of connecting with your body, power, and spirit — in community with your fellow students focus on wellness. Shake off that dull feeling you get from sitting in classes and in front of a computer! Come to a high-energy, fun Starfish class where you can move, breathe, sweat, shout, stretch, and laugh.

TERESA STERN is an emergency room advocate and speaker for SAVI. She has addressed a variety of audiences including medical students, law enforcement officers, recovering addicts, prison inmates, forensic examiners, and medical and psychotherapy professionals. Terésa is certified as a Group Fitness Instructor, a Kripalu YogaDance Teacher, and a Rape Crisis Counselor. She is currently training in Somatic Experiencing and pursuing her master’s degree at Hunter College School of Social Work. She is a published writer and mother of two young adult daughters.

4. Guided Group Supervision. Sam Guzzardi
Join your fellow students in a guided discussion on how to process issues in field that bring up sexuality and gender identity. This workshop is intended to provide a supportive and collaborative space for all members to work through and support issues that have come up in clinical relationships, supervision and community interventions.

5. Fighting Speech with Speech. Lauren Frederico
All are welcome to join in a conversation about the recent attacks on women’s access to reproductive health care. In particular this space is intended to look at how the issue of choice has been portrayed in the media, such as the anti-choice billboard that targeted African American women. Why self care? Because we can use political speech to fight back against an anti-choice political climate. Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Cuts to Title X (Planned Parenthood)

6:10-7:10pm: Dinner (Cafeteria)

Community Meeting Facilitated by Social Workers for a Free CUNY: Room Student Lounge

1. An Officer and a GentleWomyn
Join us for an inspiring and life changing experience. An interactive, motivational, and spiritual nurturing discussion with 2 Dynamic Queer Womyn of color.

TANIKA LADAWN HARBOR  is a Queer, Two-Spirited, Gender non-conforming Poet/Performance Artist/Actor by night. During the day, she is Justice, serving the community and enforcing the law as a New York City Police Officer. She has served in Brooklyn South for the last four years, at one of the busiest precincts in the city. She has worked with GOAL (Gay Officers Action League) and is an advocate for Gay Rights, Gay Marriage, Gender Equality and other issues affecting the LGBT community.

SHANEQUA ANDERSON has worked in the social services field for more than eleven years, primarily in the areas of child welfare and substance abuse. She has provided concrete services, managed programs, and advocated for clients in Family Court, Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, and Mental Health Settings. She has been responsible for providing intensive in-home therapy and assessments for multiple families in New York City, and has coached Social Workers on the intricacies of case management and the enhancement of effective intervention skills. Ms. Anderson currently coordinates the Center Families Program at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York, where she is responsible for organizing education and support services for prospective parents and families in the LGBTQ community, as well as overseeing the groundbreaking LGBTQ Foster Care Project. Shanequa holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, is a Licensed Master of Social Work, and is a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of New York.

Shanequa and Tanika are newly engaged and plan to marry in the Spring of 2012.


The Epidemic of Runaway and Homeless LGBTQI2 Youth in the United States barely had began to build its grassroots foundation when the Stonewall Veteran and Trans Activist passed away. In her stead a shelter for homeless LGBTQI2 youth was born and Lucky S Michaels wad hired to as a counselor to begin overnight shifts which became the foothold to developing a comprehensive Low-Barrier program that began addressing the specific needs of LGBTQI2 RHY while as the Program Director. While working to implement the mental health services component and social work internships, Lucky authored Shelter a photo essay that serves as an introduction, advocacy and educational tool. Recently, through an essay contribution and success of the published anthology Kicked Out, the professional career and personal lives have cone together in what is proving to shed light onto how this population has evolved and the resiliency of it taken care of its own.

At 27 years old, LUCKY STEPHEN MICHAELS has experienced more than most people twice her age. Born in Ohio, but raised in Detroit Michigan, Lucky grew up with her three brothers and her single mother in an environment riddled with poverty, surrounded by people who were abusive, involved in drugs, and leaving her family homeless and struggling to survive.  In the spring of 2003, Reverend Pat Bumgardner of Metropolitan Community Church  of New York, invited Lucky to help open Sylvia’s Place, New York’s first emergency shelter for LGBTQ youth and young adults. She began working as an overnight counselor,  she has been instrumental in the creation of the new Marsha P. Johnson Center, a 24-hour drop in center for LGBTQ youth and young adults and continues to work full-time as the program’s outreach director. Lucky is the author of “Shelter” which features her photographs of the residents.

3. Teens’ Rights to Confidential Health Care

This workshop will address minors’ legal rights to confidential health and mental health care in New York State. Created by the New York Civil Liberties Union, it delves into teens’ rights to get sexual health care and mental health care without parental consent and addresses confidentiality exceptions, including child abuse reporting and prevention of harm.

KARYN BROWNSON is a 2002 graduate of HCSSW and the Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Teen Health Initiative and Teen Activist Project. She has worked with teens in direct service, leadership development and advocacy capacities for over a decade. To learn more about NYCLU’s work, please visit

4. Hey Shorty!

During the workshop, there is a viewing of Hey Shorty!, a documentary on street harassment developed by former GGE Sisters In Strength interns, discussion, scenarios and role-plays geared toward identifying, understanding and combating sexual harassment. The workshop will be peer-led, co-facilitated by one or two of our current Sisters In Strength interns. We move from assessing the group’s understanding of the issue to defining sexual harassment as unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior and attention. It can come from anyone to anyone no matter what age, race, size, sex, sexuality or gender identity (perceived or self-defined) of people involved. It is also to be understood through this workshop that sexual harassment is something to be self-determined by the individual who might find themselves in potentially uncomfortable sexual situation

NEFERTITI MARTIN is a self identified queer young woman of color. Though she resides in the Bronx, her community activist spirit and passion for learning has allowed her to branch out beyond NYC and her borough. Nefertiti has participated in various organizations that work to advance LGBT youth, women and people of color communities including The Possibility Project (formerly known as City At Peace NY), FIERCE, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, In the Life Media, the Lesbian Cancer Initiative and Theatre Askew Youth Performance Experience. A former youth organizing intern at Girls for Gender Equity, this year Nefertiti was extended the opportunity to be a GGE Community Organizing intern. She currently helps orienting this year’s new round of SIS interns and co-leads the Coalition for Gender Equity Schools (CGES).

MEGHAN HUPPUCH comes from a family of bold feminists and adventurers. She is a strong believer in young people’s power to create change and has focused her energy on work that directly affects youth. Currently the director of community organizing at Girls for Gender Equity, in the past she has worked as a teaching assistant in a summer reading academy, artist’s assistant for a community mural designed and painted by teens, a fundraiser for a local chapter of the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, and a programmer/representative for the Center for Multicultural Education and Programming at NYU, where she majored in social and cultural analysis.

5. Gender-Based Violence… Is a Queer Issue

The workshop will identify and define violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) communities. We will explore how genderbased violence is a Queer issue and how LGBTQH individuals experience violence at the intersection of actual and perceived identities, including gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, HIV status, race, ethnicity, national origin, language, ability, and religion. Special attention will be focused on Anti-Violence Project’s experiences working across systems, at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels, addressing LGBTQH violence related issues through direct services, community organizing, media, and policy advocacy. We will explore community-based approaches to addressing LGBTQH violence and identify best practices in working with LGBTQH survivors. Participants will gain increased awareness and foster a deeper understanding of LGBTQH hate violence within the context of social justice and anti-oppression paradigms and movements.

JARAD RINGER, LMSW, is a 2002 AGPP graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work. Jarad has been working in the field for over ten years, as a psychotherapist, researcher, advocate, policy analyst, and community organizer. He has worked for such organizations as Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, The New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, and Green Chimneys. Research areas of interest include the coming out processes of transgender and gender non-conforming adolescents, internet related violence, as well as hate violence and sexual violence and the LGBTQ and HIV affected communities. Jarad also has extensive involvement in coalition and collaborative work and is a current member of the Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims, The Gender Identity Disorder (GID) Reform Coalition, and The NYPD Trans Policy Coalition.

Currently, Jarad is the Coordinator of the Hate Violence and Police Relations Program and the Coordinator of the Client Services Program at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP). AVP provides direct services, advocacy, community organizing, media, and policy work in response to violence experienced within and from outside the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV affected (LGBTQH) communities. AVP works to prevent and eliminate hate violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, HIV related violence, pick-up crimes, and police misconduct. Jarad Ringer is a member of the Governance Committee of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), which is a project of The New York City Anti-Violence Project. In this role, Jarad makes decisions on funding and policy work (both internally and externally) of the coalition, in addition to media responses to national level LGBTQ and HIV-affected violence incidents. In his spare time, Jarad loves music, film, and hanging with his dog Shane.



About GASA @ hcssw

At GASA, our mission is to create awareness, sensitivity, and inclusion for all people with respect to gender and sexuality. We aim to serve marginalized communities as well as society as a whole by making gender and sexuality issues visible. We work generally to start and continue conversations about how sexism, heterosexism, cisgenderism, and traditional gender roles affect our entire society and specifically by impacting the education of social work students at Hunter. View all posts by GASA @ hcssw

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