Sexuality, Gender, Race, and Indigeneity: Towards Inclusive Schools and Teaching


9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Featuring Keynote addresses by Dr. Alex Wilson (University of Saskatchewan) & Dr. Cris Mayo (West Virginia University)

The Sexual Diversity Studies Program’s Committee on Schools and Education at the University of Toronto will host a symposium for pre-service teachers and educators on February 29, 2020. The symposium is an opportunity to engage in learning about inclusive educational spaces and practices for LGBTQ2+ students through a keynote discussion and interactive workshops by scholars and local educators and activists. The day’s programming is an opportunity to learn from and speak with others who think about the challenges and opportunities of teaching about sexual and gender diversity in our schools and realizing anti-oppressive approaches to supporting racialized and Indigenous queer and trans youth in education.

Advance registration ($15) on eventbrite is required and spots are limited. Please register by Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 by 11:59 PM EST. Contact organizers at to request accommodations that will support you to attend, including financial support for those who demonstrate financial need.

Lunch is provided


Registration 9:30 am – 9:50 am

Keynote 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Networking Lunch 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Workshops 12:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Close 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Dr. Alex Wilson is Neyonawak Inniniwak from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. She is professor of Education Foundations and the Academic Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research focuses on two spirit identity, Indigenous research methodologies, and the prevention of violence in the lives of Indigenous people. Her current research projects employ two spirit and Indigenous Feminisms research in studies related to pedagogy and educational policy; two spirit people and homelessness; and Indigenous land-based education.

Dr. Cris Mayo is the director of the LGBTQ+ Centre at West Virginia University and Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Mayo’s work is situated at the intersections of queer studies, education, and policy. Dr. Mayo’s publications include Gay Straight Alliances and Associations Among Youth in Schools (Palgrave, 2017), LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices (Teachers College Press, 2013), and Disputing the Subject of Sex: Sexuality and Public School Controversies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004).