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LGBTQ Cultural Competency: Supporting & Advocating for LGBTQ Youth & Adults (8:30-11:30 a.m.)

Facilitated by Olivia Simkins Bullock, Bowling Green State University, Public Administration Master's Student. Olivia is passionate about community building, and sees her work on allyship with The Ohio University LGBT Center, Northwest Ohio's Rainbow Area Youth, and Equality Toledo as helping to lay the foundation for a more knowledgeable, compassionate world.

The Northwest Ohio ESC is happy to present this opportunity to participate in an effective LGBTQ awareness and ally training workshop.

Intended Audience: Superintendents, Principals, Educators, Counselors and School Psychologists. 

This three-hour cultural competency workshop uses activities, lectures, and discussion to explore advocating for LGBTQ youth and adults. The first half of this workshop will cover key issues facing this population, recent LGBTQ history, and new terminology around gender and sexuality. 

The latter half will focus on legal rights and impacts of marginalization on LGBT youth and adults. Looking at precedents set by schools around the country, participants will discuss best practices for supporting students, preventing bullying, making accommodations for transgender students, and creating a compassionate community. This workshop is designed to be a nonjudgmental space for those new to the topic to ask questions, with enough depth and breadth to be useful to those with more familiarity with issues facing LGBTQ people. 

Goals and Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an increased awareness and understanding of LGBTQ history and cultural context
  • Participants will learn new terminology and frameworks for understanding gender and sexuality
  • Participants will learn about legal rights for LGBTQ youth and adults
  • Participants will explore precedents and best practices in school settings around the country
  • Participants will discuss strategies to address bullying and taking steps toward inclusion 
  • Participants will discuss tips for talking with and supporting LGBTQ youth
  • Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in open dialogue

We look forward to having you!


  • The session will begin promptly. Arrive 15 minutes in advance to get settled and check-in.
  • Registration is required to receive a Certificate of Attendance for CEUs.
  • Light snacks and beverages are available for purchase on-site.
  • If you need to cancel your registration, please email
  • To register for other upcoming PD at NwOESC, visit
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