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Lecture: LGBTQ K-12 Education

Thursday, February 25, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Dominique Battle-Lawson and Mia Haines, entitled, "LGBTQ K-12 Education"

Schools are places of learning and also miniature societies. The climate of a school has a direct impact on both how well students learn and how well they interact with their peers. Administrators, Teachers, School Counselors, and a host of people work hard to make their school and classroom welcoming places where each student feels included. But despite these efforts, students who are—or who are perceived to be—lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) continue to face a harsh reality. We will be discussing some of the bullying, lessons, and strategies that we have encountered professionally in our experiences in public schools.

Dominique Battle-Lawson is an Academic Advisor at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She has been an elementary teacher, an English instructor at both Manchester Community College and a TRIO program. As an academic advisor, she assists students by constructing educational plans which are compatible with their goals. She is a member of the National Academic Advising Association, an association of professional academic advisors in higher education. She is also a member of Leadership in Diversity, a student organization focusing on increasing diversity in education, and serves as an advisor for the Neag School of Education’s Teacher Education Student Association (TESA). She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Elementary Education from the Neag School of Education.

Mia Hines is an Academic Advisor at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Prior to coming to Neag, Mia has worked as a high school counselor in Maryland and North Carolina, where she has an extensive background in developing College and Career Readiness programs that assist students with matriculating through college. In addition, Mia has worked on school administration teams in an effort to support classroom teachers. Mia supports Neag’s efforts to advise, recruit, support and mentor pre-education undergraduate and graduate students. Mia received a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a Master’s of Education in School Counseling from University of Maryland, and in Educational Leadership from High Point University.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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