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EVENT CANCELED: Creating Safe Environments for LGBTQI+ Children and Families

BASEC and the Belmont Public Schools is proud to announce the second talk of the annual Parent Lecture Series. This year's theme is

"Through the Lens: Envisioning Equitable Education Through Action and Community."

"Creating Safe Environments for LGBTQI+ Children and Families" with Elijah Oyenuga and Jason Wheeler

When: Thursday, March 19th, 2020, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Chenery Middle School Auditorium, 95 Washington Street, Belmont, MA 02478
Cost: FREE and open to all

Childcare provided by RSVP to annie.gladfelter@belmontbasec.org

Elijah Oyenuga

Elijah Oyenuga is an LGBT Inclusion and Awareness Consultant, a GSA Support Coordinator for Boston Public Schools and a senior at Lesley University. Elijah started his career working as a Peer Leader for Boston Gay Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS) where he first learned to facilitate LGBT cultural competency/responsiveness workshops, delivered in the public schools, focused on creating understanding, awareness, and respect in order to stop the bullying and exclusion faced by many LGBT youth. Since then, Elijah has worked for the DESE’s Safe Schools program, guiding administrators on the path to providing safe and supportive environments for LGBT students, and now he continues to support LGBT youth and allies through the support of Gender-Sexuality Alliances and as an LGBT Safe and Supportive Environments (SSE) educator. 

Through navigating the tangled webs of mental health, gender identity, and existing in a world that has stigmatized and politicized his existence as a transgender black man, Elijah Oyenuga approaches life and activism with one truth in mind: change can be brought about through visibility, respectfully educating others, and an understanding and love for ourselves and those who challenge our ability to exist as we are.

Jason Wheeler

Jason Wheeler leads strategic initiatives designed to meaningfully support and engage individuals in school, employment, and community-based environments. His experience was catalyzed by his extensive involvement in a variety of national and community-based programs working on systemic issues at the root of social injustice. Jason’s work is intentionally positioned at the intersection of some of our country's most urgent human rights and equality issues. Jason works nationally on issues related to the inclusion of traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities; including people with disabilities, individuals from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. His areas of expertise include; training and individualized technical assistance, organizational and staff development, inclusion coaching, competency assessment, and curriculum development.

This talk is also in collaboration with Belmont LGBTQI Alliance. 

Add to your calendar: iCal 3/19/2020 6:30 PM to 3/19/2020 8:00 PM