Christine Zeindler



Two-day leadership session open to the public

What: Safe is Not Enough: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Education and Leadership course
Who: UBCO Summer Institute participants, members of the public
When: July 4 and 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Participants will be notified of the location via email
Cost: $150 for both days

UBC Okanagan is hosting a two-day Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Education and Leadership course on July 4.

Organized by UBCO's School of Education’s Summer Institute, the two-day session—called Safe is Not Enough—is open to the public. Participants will develop and present inclusive educational approaches that recognize, intervene and transform the impacts of systemic discrimination towards sexual and gender minorities.

Co-facilitators Steve Mulligan, teacher education coordinator with the UBCV Faculty of Education, and Kristie Keyworth Janzen, a Spanish, French and social justice teacher for the Central Okanagan School District with the Central Okanagan School District, will provide ready-to-use resources, hands-on activities and group discussion in a supportive atmosphere. Community-based guest speakers will also share lived experiences and inclusive strategies.

Participants will take part in robust discussions as they brainstorm and tackle some of the most common SOGI scenarios that arise in schools and other youth-focused environments.

“The goal of the course is to provide participants with the tools, resources and confidence to create environments where students feel safe, included and empowered,” says Mulligan. “Educational leaders across BC and Canada are recognizing that SOGI-inclusive policies and practices benefit all people by creating a more positive and accepting school climate from kindergarten through to university.“

The participant fee is $150. Register online at under Summer Institute by Monday, June 17.

About UBC's Okanagan campus

UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning in the heart of British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley. Ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, UBC is home to bold thinking and discoveries that make a difference. Established in 2005, the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world.

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