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Gender & Sexual Orientation Conference: Making Schools Safe
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The Gender & Sexual Orientation Diversity Conference is an annual event that select a different focus each year. This year's conference will focus on "making schools safe and moving them forward". Keynote addresses will focus on "creating safe spaces" and "how to be a better facilitator". Join AIMS colleagues as well as students in middle/high school for this important conversation.

When: 02/04/2020
8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Sandy Spring Friends School
16923 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, Maryland  20860
United States

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As of Friday, January 17th, this event is full and no additional

registrations are possible.


Please note:  no one from the waitlist was registered for the event

due to space limitations; emails were sent to all school contacts. 



Please DO NOT attend this event unless you have an official registration

confirmation for you and your group.



Join us on February 4, 2020 at the Sandy Spring Friends School for our annual conference for faculty, staff, students and allies from the LBGTQ Community. This conference was founded by AIMS over 20 years ago and each year we select a different focus. This year's focus is Moving Forward. With 2019 being the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, our committee has put together a program designed to help community members move their own school communities forward in various ways. 

 Eva Fury We'll start the day with a keynote presentation from Eva Fury on How to Find and Create Safe Spaces within our community. It feels quite different to be in a totally safe space in our schools and home lives. How do you find a space that *could* be a safe space but isn't quite there yet? How can you move that "yellow" space to a green space?

Eva is the Community Mobilization Coordinator at University of Maryland's STAR TRACK Adolescent Health Program.


We'll follow that with a workshop called How to Be A Better Facilitator with Meg Bolger. Meg is a social justice facilitator, passionate about creating resources, workshops, and projects that lead us towards a more beautiful and socially just world. They are also the co-creator of The Safe Zone Project, a free online resource for powerful, effective LGBTQ awareness and ally training workshops. They will present a 90-minute interactive and facilitated “play-note” on unlocking the magic of facilitation--the act of  
"making something easier." If you are a teacher, a GSA leader, or a person who experiences any kind of conflict, knowing how to facilitate discussions is key to moving us all forward. In this full-group training, we will discuss, unpack, and better understand the key concepts of being a dynamic facilitator. These understandings and skills will be applicable to all ages and all topics. EVERY ATTENDEE will be given a copy of Meg's book: Unlocking The Magic of Facilitation to take home. Your conference fee includes that cost.
Meg Bolger
Pronouns: They/Them, She

We'll share lunch and then will have some breakout options for both students and faculty, as well as discussion groups by affinity (during which we will practice our newly acquired facilitation skills!).Our day will close with a suprise presentation by an AIMS-school student and parent.

Applicable Grades: 6-12


Map of Sandy Spring Friends School can be found here.  


STUDENTS, FACULTY and STAFF each pay the same price.  One AIMS member will need to log-in to register student participants. 

AIMS members: $70 (through January 21st); $80 (after January 21st)

Non-AIMS members:  $140 (before January 21st); $150 (after January 21st)


Cost will include program, lunch and the book, "Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation."


Please note that NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations for this class after January 24th.



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