As part of Wesleyan's on-going efforts to provide staff education dedicated
to diversity issues, the Office of Affirmative Action is sponsoring a
workshop, "Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Academic
Workplace,” on Feb. 9.
The workshop will be offered twice: at 9:30 a.m. in the Russell House, and
at 1:30 p.m. in Woodhead Lounge. Each session meets for two hours and 15
“This workshop will provide frameworks for understanding sexual orientation
and gender identity in a more integrated way and offer participants
in-community perspectives on work-related issues,” explains Michael Benn,
interim director of Affirmative Action.
The workshop will be conducted by Dorothea Brauer, director of the Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning & Ally Services, Diversity & Equity
at the University of Vermont.
Topics of discussion will include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
civil rights, same-sex marriages versus civil unions, benefits and family
Participants will have opportunities to work with language and terminology
and become more culturally competent and confident that their workplace
conversations are respectful and inclusive.
Wesleyan’s revised and expanded policy on discrimination and harassment can
be found online at
Space is limited to 30 participants per workshop. For more information or to
register e-mail Janice Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-685-2006.
Pedro Noguera Challenges Racial Inequality in Schools
The Office of Affirmative Action and The Center
for Faculty Career Development sponsored a discussion titled
"Challenging Racial Inequality in Our Schools” featuring Pedro Noguera
on Feb. 1
Noguera, a professor specializing in urban sociology in the Steinhardt
School of Education at New York University, spoke on the ways schools
are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment.
Noguera has served as an advisor and engaged in collaborative research with
several large urban school districts throughout the United States. He has
also done research on issues related to education and economic and social
development in the Caribbean, Latin America and several other countries
throughout the world.