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Continuing the Conversation: Providing Safe Learning Environments for LGBTQ Children, Teens, Adults, and Allies part 3 of 3

Date: 9:00am - 12:00pm PDT April 16, 2011 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School Campus, Corbett House

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    Alex Sanchez
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Lewis & Clark Graduate School Campus, Corbett House

We welcome acclaimed young adult fiction author Alex Sanchez in workshop 3 of 3 in this series. Alex will open the workshop with a talk on how homophobia affects not just LGBTQ community members, but our communities as a whole. Alex will draw upon his own experiences as well as those shared with him by his readers to address issues facing LGBTQ youth, including those of faith and spirituality.

Workshop discussion will focus on how to deepen and sustain LGBTQ efforts in our schools. Our ultimate objective is to create a toolkit that will be useful to schools committed to creating safe learning environments for all students, staff, and community members.

A book signing with Alex will follow the workshop. A selection of Alex’s books, including his newest release, Boyfriends With Girlfriends, will be for sale at 20% off the cover price.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Teachers, school staff, members of youth-serving organizations, parents and students are encouraged to attend.

RSVP required: please confirm your attendance below. Contact the Center for Community Engagement at (503) 768-6040 with any questions.


Alex Sanchez is the author of the Rainbow Boys trilogy of teen novels, along with The God Box, Getting It, and the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. His novel, Bait, won the 2009 Florida Book Award Gold Medal for Young Adult fiction. Alex received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University and for many years worked as a youth and family counselor. His newest novel, Boyfriends with Girlfriends, will be released in April 2011.

John Lenssen is a consultant working with governmental agencies and school districts on issues of cultural competency and leadership. As a consultant he provides training, training of trainers, organizational assess- ment, coaching, and mediation services. He addresses a broad range of diversity issues in education, health, social services and customer service. John is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark College.

Mollie Galloway, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership in the Graduate School at Lewis & Clark. She currently co-chairs the Oregon Leadership Network’s Equity Rubric work team, refining and validating a tool for school leaders designed to support and facilitate their equitable practice. She also guides two university-school partnership programs to counter barriers to college access for traditionally marginalized youth. Through consulting and professional development work, she has provided training, education, and support to more than 100 schools and educational organizations.

Molly Franks, M.P.H. has worked with young people and adults to promote healthy sexuality for the past 16 years, including 5 years coordinating a program for LGBTQ youth in Washington County. She has been on the boards of the Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition, the Q Center, and Poder Latino, and was the lead author of the Oregon Youth Sexual Health plan. She currently does sexual health promotion work for the Multnomah County Health Department.

Registration for this event is now closed.