Transgender inclusion at centre of leadership talk

Leaders at all levels play an important role in contributing to Brock’s culture of inclusivity, accessibility, reconciliation and decolonization by welcoming people of all identities.

To further emphasize the connection between leadership and inclusivity, an upcoming Women in Leadership (WIL) meeting will explore transgender-related issues, examining what presenter Jasper Fisher calls a “highly misrepresented” identity.

Fisher, a Brock neuroscience student and member of Positive Living Niagara’s Streetworks Team, along with Michelle Poirier, an advisor in Brock’s Office of Human Rights and Equity, will lead a conversation about transgender inclusion on Wednesday, July 21, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Fisher, who was involved with Poirier in the creation of Brock’s Transgender-Inclusion Guide, says he hopes the WIL session will increase participants’ “comfort and familiarity with individuals in these communities.”

This introductory session is expected to explore topics such as defining transgender, terminology, inclusion, privilege and social norms, and how the issue of transgender inclusion relates to all members of the Brock community.

“It is my goal to create a space where you feel safe seeking answers to your questions without feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable,” Fisher says.

Details on this and other upcoming WIL sessions, including dates, descriptions and login details are available on the Women in Leadership website.

Women in Leadership aims to support women in formal and informal leadership positions and encourage the next generation of potential women leaders. All women and allies are invited to attend. Individuals are welcome to join the WIL channel on Microsoft Teams or to contact Jeannie Mackintosh to be added to the WIL email distribution list.

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