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  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street

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Jama Shelton (Social Work, Hunter College) - Jama Shelton, MSW, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Their areas of expertise include LGBTQ youth homelessness;child welfare and juvenile justice; inclusion, support, and affirmation of LGBTQ youth in youth-serving systems; and social policy (macro and micro levels). Dr. Shelton is also the Chief Strategy Officer for the True Colors Fund, a nonprofit organization working to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.

Monica Kramer (French, University of Pennsylvania) - Monica Kramer is a lecturer in French and Francophone Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Erin Cross (LGBT Center, University of Pennsylvania) - Erin Cross is the Director of the LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her duties at the Center, Erin is a faculty fellow at Stouffer College House, a Senior Fellow at Penn Nursing's Center for Global Women's Health, Affiliated Faculty with Penn's Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, Pre-Major Advisor in the College, Anti-Violence Advocate, and sits on the Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force, the Division of Public Safety's Advisory Board, International Student and Scholar Service's International Partners Outreach Group, and the Vice Provost's Sexual Assault Working Group. She regularly teaches at GSE, has taught at the School of Social Policy and Practice, and has been honored as a Model of Excellence by Penn thrice.  Erin also co-chairs the University's LGBTQ+ Sexual Assault Working Group, is a co-primary investigator on a Provost's Excellence through Diversity Fund grant around inclusion of LGBTQ students and topics in professional education, and is part of a Penn Futures grant looking to prepare students at GSE, SP2, and SON to better serve LGBTQ+ youth, particularly those of color. 



How can we rethink the gender dynamics of the classroom? In what ways does the classroom space tend to exclude trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming populations, and how can we change this reality? Focusing on praxis, this workshop aims to help instructors across all fields develop concrete strategies for gender inclusivity. The session will feature three panelists from different fields who will speak to their own experience teaching beyond the gender binary, offer techniques and suggestions, and then lead a discussion with the whole group in an interactive workshop format.



The Trans Literacy Project (TLP) at Penn is an exciting series of cross-discipline, cross-community conversations designed to advance trans literacy across and beyond the university. TLP workshops and expert panels feature the powerful insights of nonbinary, trans, and gender nonconforming activists, academics, teachers, learners, and leaders. Offering relevant resources for activists and allies both experienced and new, the series strengthens our collective capacity for generating pedagogical and public spaces of trans literacy and liberation. This series is free and open to the public. For more information on the Trans Literacy Project, please visit: