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Inclusivity: Understanding Identity and Bias in Sex Education

Sexual, gender and other minority students often experience identity-based biases that keep them from feeling included in both their school environments and the sex education process. This sense of exclusion has major implications not only for their future school success, but their long-term sexual health outcomes.

Advancing social justice in sex education requires taking concrete steps to make learning spaces more inclusive, while also doing the intrinsic work to correct the biases that keep them from being inclusive in the first place. Examining the ways that these thought patterns affect students’ experiences in the classroom helps to ensure that institutional changes made in the name of social justice are ones that are most effective and well-received.

The goal of this workshop is to help participants explore and unpack biases that may be in operation in their school environments, while strategizing ways to lower them in the sex education classroom.

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