Time to THRIVE was founded with the goal of building a strong network of supportive adults to ensure LGBTQ+ youth don’t simply survive, but THRIVE. Our summit is a convening to build awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices, gather resources from leading experts and organizations in the field, and connect adult allies on the ground with regional approach.
Time To THRIVE Agenda
The full detailed agenda is coming soon, however, here is the overview of the summit and some key highlights of the event:
|Breakfast Plenary Session
|Regional Realities Panel Plenary Session
|Breakout Block A
|Lunch Plenary Session featuring Katie Barnes and Trans Youth Athletes
|Breakout Block B
|Breakout Block C
|Dinner Plenary Session featuring panel of parents of transgender youth
|Special Short Documentary Screening (TBA)
|Closing Plenary & Call to Action
Research indicates that over half of bullying incidents in schools are identity-based, which means they are rooted in bias. Educators often do not know how or feel uncomfortable facilitating learning about bias and/or intervening when a bias incident happens. In collaboration with the Anti Defamation League, Welcoming Schools developed a youth-centered video that prioritizes and amplifies the voices of a diverse group of students across the United States. During our time together, we will watch the short 9 minute video and provide actionable strategies based upon advice from youth to educators, creating an opportunity for educators to increase both their knowledge and confidence in addressing identity-based bullying.
Facilitated by Cheryl Greene (she/her), Senior Director of Welcoming Schools, HRC
Join School Board Integrity Project founder and executive director Kyrstin Schuette for a breakout workshop that delves into the critical role of school boards and the paramount importance of their integrity in shaping the future of education- particularly for our LGBTQIA+ students. In this workshop, participants will gain a profound understanding of the key responsibilities of school boards, exploring the decision-making processes that directly impact students, teachers, and communities. This workshop will also help participants unlock the power they have as advocates to push back against the growing hostility surrounding school boards and inclusive policies, build a more equitable future through policy reform and school board elections, and incite change.
Facilitated by Kyrstin Schuette (she/her), Founding Executive Director of the School Board Integrity Project
Time to THRIVE in the Upper Midwest
Katie Barnes (they/them/their) is an award winning journalist covering the intersection of sports and gender. As a feature writer at ESPN, Katie has profiled women’s sports superstars like Maya Moore, A’ja Wilson, and Amanda Nunes. They are a leading journalist in the coverage of legislation and policy affecting transgender and intersex athletes.
Fair Play is their first book. It was named as a “Must-Read Book of 2023” by Time Magazine. Katie is a 3-time GLAAD award nominee and a 2022 finalist for the Dan Jenkins Medal, a prestigious award honoring outstanding sports journalism. They were named the 2017 Journalist of the Year by NLGJA — The Association of LGBTQ Journalists.
In Fair Play, Katie traces the evolution of women’s sports as a pastime and a political arena where equality and fairness have been fought over for generations. As attitudes toward gender have shifted to embrace more fluidity in recent decades, sex continues to be viewed as a static binary that is easily determined: male or female. It is on the very idea of static sex that we have built an entire sporting apparatus. Now that foundation is being hotly debated as a result of intense culture wars.
Many transgender and intersex athletes, including a South African runner, a wrestler in Texas, a Connecticut track star, and a swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, have captured the attention of law and policymakers who want to decide how and when they compete.
Women’s sports, since their inception, have been seen as a separate class of competition that requires protection and rules for entry. But what are those rules and who gets to make them? Fair Play looks at all sides of the issue and presents a reasoned and much-needed solution that seeks to preserve opportunities for all going forward.
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