Strengths-Based Collaboration with LGBTQ+ Young People of Color 

Track: Raise Your Voice
Workshop Block 4: Sunday, October 27 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Room: Big Joe Turner B

With increasing awareness of the inequities facing LGBTQ+ young people, the number of advocates working to address these disparities continues to rise. The growing prevalence of initiatives designed to specifically support LGBTQ+ communities offers more opportunities for collaborating with the young people participating in them. Yet, how do these efforts account for the increased marginalization experienced by youth who are both LGBTQ+ and people of color? In this workshop, attendees will learn how genuinely creating space for leadership and collaboration from LGBTQ+ young people with multifaceted and intersecting identities not only benefits the participants and strengthens initiatives, it also redefines and expands of the functions of leadership to honor a diversity of strengths, competencies, and contributions.

Presenter Bio

No image availableIan Khara Ellasante, Bates College

Ian Khara Ellasante, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College. Ian is a community-engaged cultural studies scholar and advocate for LGBTQ+ communities, having worked on behalf of and alongside LGBTQ+ young people for over a decade.


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