Participants of this workshop will learn the language and definitions that are utilized when discussing SOGIE as well as the impact language can have on the wellbeing of LGBTQ youth. This workshop will provide a foundational understanding of the basic concepts of SOGIE: sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex assigned at birth. In addition, participants will learn LGBTQ+ specific terms and concepts as well as gain an understanding of the coming out process. The objectives of the workshop are as follows:
- Examine and distinguish the various components of SOGIE
- Develop your language so that it can become a tool for your professional practice
- Understand the impact language can have on the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ youth
- Dispel myths and stereotypes about SOGIE and LGBTQ+ identities
- Understand sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex assigned at birth as spectrums
- Develop a foundational understanding of the coming out process
The workshop will utilize a combination of lecture style presentations and voluntary participant engagement. The last 15 minutes will be reserved for a Q&A session.
Eden Sarkisian initially joined the Los Angeles LGBT Center as a Residential Assistant before transitioning into their current role in the RISE Program drawing on their background in social justice education and intergroup dialogue as well as academic research skills.
Starting in 2015, Eden served on the Gender Spectrum Youth Advisory Council, helping edit and present multiple online and in-person workshops for youth on LGBTQ+ topics and intersections. While obtaining a baccalaureate’s degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. Eden participated in the Social Justice Dialogues program, first learning core social justice education facilitation skills and then implementing them in 10-week peer-taught courses; Eden also co-curated and executed a consent workshop series in collaboration with Greek Life and the Title IX Office. Throughout the years Eden has used their expertise to collaborate with many justice and education-oriented causes and organizations.
Doni Tadesse (he/him/his) holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from UC San Diego where he actively participated in student government, various cultural associations, and grassroots political campaigns in the 2016 and 2018 election cycles. His background includes working as a legislative intern in the U.S. House of Representatives where he completed policy research on a variety of topics including healthcare, immigration reform, and early childhood development. Prior to joining RISE, Doni worked as a K-12 academic coach throughout the Inland Empire, primarily serving youth experiencing risk-factors such as poverty, housing insecurity, and foster care involvement. It was there he developed a clear understanding of the many ways in which these youth were being failed by the institutions and systems in charge of their care. Desiring a more direct involvement with the well-being of youth in this population, particularly those of intersecting identities such as LGBTQ+ youth of color, Doni sought involvement with the nationally-recognized RISE Program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.