10:15 - 10:45 am - Coffee and Networking (optional early arrival)
10:45 - 11:00 am - Registration and Welcome
11:00 - 11:45 am - EMA Regional Presentation: Kate Auger-Campbell
11:45 - 12:30 pm - Lunch
12:30 - 2:30 pm - Keynote Speaker Julie Mencher
2:30 - 2:50 pm - Q&A
2:50- 3:00 pm - Wrap-Up & Adjourn
Registration: $25 USD/person
Keynote: Beyond Bathrooms and Pronouns: Preparing Your School Community for Transgender Inclusion
Julie Mencher, MSW, Psychotherapist, Consultant, Educator, Trainer
How would your school respond to a born-male applicant who has lived as a girl since age 3? If a student comes out as transgender, what are your policies about boarding, athletics, parent relations, pronouns/name changes, and dress code? How would you answer prospective families’ questions about this? Educators are playing catch-up with a 21st century gender revolution which challenges the female/male binary and offers students dozens of gender identity options. This gender diversity workshop offers a primer on the changing gender landscape. We’ll start with vocabulary, learning the distinctions between trans, transgender, transsexual, and non-binary/genderqueer identities. From a developmental perspective, we will review how children and teens experience and express gender nonconformity. Finally, we will discuss the challenges schools face in welcoming and supporting these students, with a specific focus on the admissions process. Transgender applicants and their families pose particular dilemmas for admissions professionals. We’ll examine how this newest diversity issue may challenge business-as-usual, requiring a delicate balancing of the needs of multiple stakeholders – students, families, alumni(ae), donors, trustees, faculty, administrators, and prospective applicants and families.
About Julie Mencher: Julie Mencher, MSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice and a pioneer in LGBT education, psychotherapy, and advocacy. She developed and held the position of transgender specialist at Smith College, a single-sex institution, over fifteen years ago. As a nationally recognized speaker and consultant, Ms. Mencher serves as a strategic advisor to organizations on gender diversity and sexuality. A member of the Smith College School of Social Work faculty for over twenty years, she was also a visiting scholar at the Stone Center at Wellesley College, where she founded the Lesbian Theory Group. Ms. Mencher lectures frequently on LGBT experience, eating disorders, trauma and women’s development. She trains graduate students and professionals in social work, psychology, and psychiatry. Ms. Mencher is in private psychotherapy and consultation practice, where she sees a wide range of individuals and couples. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.