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Thursday, April 15: Affirming & Celebrating All Identities
|Time (MDT)||Session Room #1||Session Room #2|
|10:30 am – 11:00 am||Welcome to the Summit!|
Land Acknowledgement -Ivan McDonald, Community Engagement Lead, The Montana Racial Equity Project
Opening Remarks -Mariah Hill, Psy.D., Diversity Coordinator, Montana State University Counseling and Psychological Services
|11:00 am – 11:45 am||Unmasking the Truth: How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Impacting the LGBTQ+ Community & Creating Healthcare Inequities -Katherine Soule, Youth, Families and Communities Advisor, University of California; Danielle Pacheco, Student Intern, University of California; Trent Baldwin, Student Intern, University of California & Moon Moua, Designer|
|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm||Queering STEM: Envisioning Socially Just Science and Engineering through Inclusion, Solidarity, and Ethics -Bryce E. Hughes, Assistant Professor, Montana State University|
|1:00 pm – 2:00 pm||Welcome to the Genderverse -Paxton McCausland, Program Coordinator, Montana Gender Alliance & Mija, TransVisible Montana||“We Don’t Have Enough of a Shared Reality to Have an Emotional Connection:” The Impact of Religious Non-Affirmation on Family Relationships for LGBTQ Adults -Sloan Okrey Anderson, Doctoral Candidate, University of Minnesota Department of Family Science & Jenifer K. McGuire MHP, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota|
|2:00 pm – 4:00 pm||Afternoon Break||Afternoon Break|
|4:00 pm – 5:00 pm||Building Resilience for LGBTQ+ Youth -Jessica Sprain, 4-H Youth Development Agent, UF/IFAS Extension Osceola County & Joan Sprain, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Extension||Diversity and Inclusion at MSU and Beyond -Precious (PJ) Diamond, Program Manager, Montana State University Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons|
|5:00 pm – 6:00 pm||Montana BIPOC LGBT Solidarity, Community, Awareness -Ivan McDonald, Community Engagement Lead, The Montana Racial Equity Project & Jerico Cummings, AmeriCorps VISTA, The Montana Racial Equity Project||YOUTH IN ACTION|
Young Activists Working Toward School and 4-H Inclusivity –Natalie Shepp, 4-H Program Coordinator, Sr., University of Arizona Cooperative Extension; Natasha Vaughan, 4-H member and high school student; Fiona van Haren, former 4-H member and college student; Benjamin Steller, 4-H member and high school student & Sadie Parent, 4-H member and high school student.
Making Space for LGBTQ Teens –Siena Popiel, Student/President, Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Bozeman High School & Sarah Jones-Popiel
Friday, April 16: Building Community & Solidarity
|Time||Session Room #1||Session Room #2|
|9:30 am – 10:00 am||Get -To-Know-You Breakfast|
Grab your favorite morning refreshment and join this informal gathering with your fellow attendees – learn where they’re from and what they’re working on.
|10:000 am – 11:00 am||Flying by the Seat of My Pants: How I Survived 70s Disco, 80s Fashion, 90s Christian Right, and HIV/AIDS (or Learning to be Happy with Myself: A Primer for a Gay Life) -Tim Williams|
|11:00 am – 12:00 pm||Interrupting Microaggressions Through Bystander Intervention Training -Bryce E. Hughes, Assistant Professor, Montana State University & Amber King, Associate Dean of Students, Montana State University||LGBTQ+ Issues: Updates from the 2021 Montana Legislative Session -Shawn Reagor, Director of Equality and Economic Justice, Montana Human Rights Network|
|12:00 pm – 12:30 pm||Montana 4-H for All -Kimberly Richardson, Extension Agent, Montana State University & 4-H Inclusion Committee||Pronouns: Beyond the Binary (and even They) -Anna L. EldenBrady, 4-H Tech Wizards Coordinator, Muskegon County, Michigan State University Extension|
|12:30 pm – 2:00 pm||Afternoon Break||Afternoon Break|
|2:00 pm – 3:00 pm||Self-Advocacy and How to Be an Active Bystander in Your Community -Sophia Bielsky, JDEI Strategist, Inclusive Outdoors Project|
|3:30 pm – 5:00 pm||Communities Building Safe and Inclusive Learning and Service Environments for LGBTQ+, Two-spirit & Gender Diverse Youth -Harper Kushner, Youth Programs Specialist, EmpowerMT & Sierra Pannell, BSW, Youth Programs Specialist, EmpowerMT|
|4:00 pm – 6:00 pm||Afternoon Matinee:|
Trans Athletes: A Conversation
During the 2021 Montana legislative session multiple anti-transgender bills were proposed. HB112, a bill that would ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports from elementary school until college, is one of those bills. Transgender Athletes: A Conversation was organized by the Montana Gender Alliance for trans athletes to speak out against these bills, educate the public, and discuss how their participation in sports has changed their lives. This session is pre-recorded but chat will be open for participant interaction.
Saturday, April 17: Promoting Advocacy & Action
|Time||Session Room #1||Session Room #2|
|9:30 am – 10:00 am||Breakfast and a Film:|
This short documentary explores the lives of several transgender Montanans and portrays their stories not primarily as trans people, but as people. Chat will be open for participant interaction.
|10:00 am – 11:00 am||Queerstory: The Tip of the Iceberg –Anna L. EldenBrady, 4-H Tech Wizards Coordinator, Muskegon County, Michigan State University Extension||LGBTQ Elders: Issues and Ideas -Ninia Baehr, Ph.D., RN, Hospice Nurse|
|11:00 am – 12:00 pm||Teaching ‘Queer’: Reaffirming Identities by Sharing Your Own -Sonja Benton, Faculty, Montana State University College of Letters and Science & Trainer, Safe Zone and Bridgercare Healthcare Allies||LGBTQ+ Inclusion: Intent vs. Impact -Mayyadah Zagelow, 4-H Teen Leader, Washington State 4-H Teen Equity & Inclusion Task Force|
|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm||LGBTQ+ College Student Advice for Younger Students, Teachers and Parents -John Paxton, Professor and Director, Montana State University; Hannah Crooks, Organismal Biology Major; Christopher Guenther, Chemical Engineering Major; Logan Oleson, Cell Biology and Neuroscience Major; March Renfro, Computer Engineering Major & Kyle Rutten, Statistics Major|
|1:00 pm – 2:00 pm||Exploring Intersecting Identities: How to Find Your Place in College as a Queer, Disabled Student -Hannah Crooks, Student Coordinator, Montana State University Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons||Why Pronouns Matter -Anna Zagelow, 4-H Volunteer, Washington State 4-H Teen Equity & Inclusion Task Force ; Ruby Coulson, Teen 4-H Leader, Washington State 4-H Teen Equity & Inclusion Task Force & Emma Fontenot, Teen 4-H Leader, Washington State 4-H Teen Equity & Inclusion Task Force|
|2:00 pm – 2:30 pm||Leadership in Action Awards|
Got a great idea for advocacy and leadership in your community? Find out how you can apply for a cash award to make your idea a reality!