Workshops Available Through LGBTQ Life

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To arrange for any of these workshops to come to your group or department, email We can also customize conversations based on your group’s needs.


  • LGBTQQPI2SAAA: Coming to Terms with Terms: An discussion-based tour through terms used to characterize sexual orientation, gender, and sex. Participants will learn the importance of self-identification, respectful language, and allyship. (1 hour)
  • Putting the Pieces Together: Identity and Culture: In this interactive discussion, participants will use identity-related terminology as a starting place for a larger discussion of diversity, identity, and culture. (1 hour; best for groups of 30 or fewer)
  • Intercultural Communication: This workshop invites participants to reflect on how their communication preferences are related to their identities and backgrounds. We will discuss what happens when communications styles conflict, and how to appreciate diversity in communication. (1 hour)
  • Appreciating Identities: This is an opportunity to consider the different facets of yourself. We’ll discuss the many parts of identity, how they intersect, and what identities we think more about and which ones we think less about. (1 hour; best for groups of 30 or fewer)
  • Approaching Cultural Competency: Participants will be introduced to a tool to help them think about cultural competency as a life-long developmental process. Participants will reflect on their own competency development and foster empathy for the development of others. (1.5 hours; best for groups of 20 or more)


  • Health Disparities for LGBTQ People: This interactive presentation highlights known health disparities for LGBTQ people, and addresses some of the underlying causes. (1.5 hours)
  • Approaching Gendered Violence within LGBTQ Communities: This session addresses the disparities related to sexual assault and partner violence within the LGBTQ community. We will discuss the origins of these disparities and brainstorm ways to overcome them. (1 hour)
  • Sexuality as a Spectrum: Through the Klein Bisexuality Grid, participants are given the opportunity to think about sexual orientation in a nuanced way. This interactive workshop allows participants to reflect on their own sexualities and how these identities may have shifted over time (1 hour)
  • Over the Rainbow: A Tour of LGBTQ History: Oscar Wilde. Audre Lorde. Sylvia Rivera. How much do you know about these and other LGBTQ icons? This engaging, activity-based session will take you on a tour of sexual orientation and gender identity that spans centuries. Participants are invited to share their own knowledge of LGBTQ events as well as gain a broader sense of LGBTQ history. (1.5 hours; best for groups between 20 – 50)
  • Knowing Yourself, Valuing Others: We discuss how race, class, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, ability, religion, and other identities shape our campus experience. Participants will also consider how being aware of one’s own privilege can help one support others, both here at Hopkins and in the wider world. And participants will identify concrete steps that we can take to build a welcoming educational environment for all. (1.5 hours)
  • Emotional Intelligence and Diversity: This workshop is based on the principle that the better we understand ourselves, the better suited we are to deal with difference. Together, we will discuss a number of exercises designed to examine and strengthen your skills with emotional intelligence and diversity. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your own identity and consider how these identities shape our workplace. EID is a concept championed by Cherbosque, Gardenswartz, and Rowe (2005). They argue that it is possible to use the power of our emotions to make us more adaptable and better able to handle differences. (2 hours; best for groups of 30 or more)


  • Systems of Privilege: Racism and Sexism in the LGBTQ Community: Often we focus only on the ways in which we are disadvantaged by our LGBTQ identities. This means that we are often unaware of how racism, genderism, and sexism operate within the queer community. Through examples and discussion, we will examine sexism as a system of male privilege and racism as a system of white privilege. Join us to consider what you can do to counteract these systems of privilege. (2 hours)
  • Trans Ally Action Workshop: This two-hour workshop is designed for people who already have knowledge about transgender people and are ready to take action in supporting this community. Participants will discuss the norms and assumptions that underpin our cultural understandings of gender. We will talk about how oppression of trans people is linked to other oppressive structures, including racism and classism. We will also have a guided discussion on inclusive practices you can use within your specific context. (2 hours)