Cultivating Affirmation and Belonging for LGBTQIA+ Youth, with the Kaleidoscope Youth Center, brought to you by CSLP’s Inclusion Committee.
Examine statistics related to discrimination within libraries/schools and risks that LGBTQIA+ youth face on a day-to-day basis in their communities, then discuss ways that library professionals can improve the general climate of libraries and summer reading programs through various strategies from simple word choice to organizational policy change. An interactive safe space for all of your questions will be moderated by a CSLP Inclusion Committee member following the presentation portion. Digital resource handouts will be provided.
Participants will learn about implicit bias, the complexity and depth of gender, and explanation of acronyms.
Participants will be given strategies to create a welcoming environment in their Library and their Library’s summer reading program for LGBTQIA+ youth.
Kaleidoscope Youth Center in Columbus, Ohio
Director of Education and Outreach: Amanda Erickson
Vision for Community Education and Professional Development: To expand the safe and affirming spaces of Kaleidoscope Youth Center into the greater community by working with organizations, community members, educators, and youth-serving professionals through education and consultation; and empowering youth leaders to organize their schools and local communities.