Unlearning the Binary: Fostering a Truly Trans-Inclusive Campus

Monday, March 21, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Audience: Students, Faculty and Staff
Facilitators: Teneile Warren and Sarah Grzincic
Level: Advanced
Previous experience taking an introductory session on 2SLGBTQ identities such as 2SLGBTQ+ Fundamentals or similar and a strong working knowledge of equity and anti-racism frameworks

Workshop Description: 
The purpose of the workshop is to help students, faculty and staff understand historical and present-day issues that impact trans and non-binary Black & racialized identities, debunk and de-mystify conversations around trans inclusion, and generate discussion on accountability frameworks and best practices to better affirm trans identities

Learning Outcomes:
• Describe the erasure, and impact of Black and racialized trans folks from history
• Unlearn the binary towards fully respecting/valuing someone’s lived identity
• Determine the protected rights for trans identities in line with the Ontario Human Rights Code and AODA
• Identify common manifestations of cisnormative and heteronormative practices and ideologies
• Evaluate trans specific individual, interpersonal, and institutional barriers
• Determine individual social location and its implications and biases
• Discuss ways to support and advocate for trans identified students, staff, faculty

Participant Expectations:
Participants can expect to engage in small breakout discussions, self-reflective exercises as well as a lecture style presentation. Participants can keep cameras on/off and engage as desired for the lecture part of the session and are encouraged to actively participate in the breakout rooms. Participants will have a break in the middle of the session.

About Teneile Warren:
Teneile Warren is a Black, Nonbinary, and Queer identifying Racial Equity and Anti-oppression Educator based in Kitchener, Ontario. Through their professional practice, they consult with public and private institutions on addressing racial equity, gender equity, creating anti- oppressive spaces, and guiding organizational equity change initiatives. They are the co-founder of inside Waterloo and the Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Waterloo Region District School Board.

This is an online workshop hosted on Zoom. The link to join will be sent to your inbox from the Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Trainings email (hrei.trainings@uwaterloo.ca) 48 hours prior to the workshop date.


Our workshops are in high demand and have limited capacity, often with waiting lists. We kindly ask that if you can no longer attend, you cancel your registration by contacting hrei.trainings@uwaterloo.ca no later than 24 hours prior to the workshop to make room for those on the waitlist. We acknowledge and understand that things happen, so even if it is a late cancellation (within 24 hours), please still let us know. Others may be able to join in your place. Thank you for accommodating this request.

Note on accessibility:

During this workshop, closed captioning will be available and any pre-workshop material will be sent via email ahead of time to you, closer to the date of the workshop. Should you need live captioning (CART services) and/or ASL interpretation, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing our workshop team. Because of increased demands for these services, we cannot guarantee them for participants outside of 7 days from the workshop, but will always do our best to secure them, even inside of 7 days.