Full course description
About This Course:
This To Be Welcoming course addresses an area that incorporates longstanding ideas and new articulations of sexuality and sexual identity, introducing concepts that may be old, new, or unfamiliar to you. We begin with key terms and unpacking the LGBTQIA acronym, followed by a video module featuring faculty experts answering commonly asked questions. Next, we provide context by looking at the history of LGBTQIA+ activism, health disparities, and biases particularly affecting trans communities. We conclude with points for starting your own discussions on sexuality bias and considering appropriate responses.
Prior to taking this course, it is highly recommended that you complete TBW100, To be Welcoming: Foundational Course. The Foundational course will provide you with the context and vocabulary necessary to make the most out of this course.
Meet Your Instructors
Dr. Jessica Solyom
Associate Research Professor - School of Social Transformation Arizona State University
Jessica Solyom, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Justice and Social Inquiry from Arizona State University. She has worked in research, program development, and program evaluation for postsecondary institutions in promoting diversity in curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom management for over 10 years. Her research focuses on diversity, belonging, and justice. Her scholarly publications have explored the justice-related struggles of historically underrepresented students including explorations of race and gender in student leadership, persistence for students of color in predominantly white postsecondary settings, and education rights activism among Indigenous college students. She is currently an Associate Research Professor and teaches courses on Research and Inquiry, Critical Race Theory, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Dr. Solyom serves as a mentor at the Center for Indian Education (ASU) in preparing and training rising students of color as community embedded researchers and servant-leaders.
J.D./Ph.D. Student - Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law School of Social Transformation
Nicholas is a current joint law and doctoral student in Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. He has worked in research focused on the school to prison pipeline in Arizona for Native, Latino, and African American Students. In 2017-2018 he co-developed a critical legal studies program for first generation students interested in a legal career. Scholarly publications have focused on critical race theory, education, ethnic studies and Indigeneity. His doctoral research focuses on surveillance technologies and privacy rights for communities in the southwestern borderlands. Nicholas also volunteers at local immigration initiatives.