Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Supporting LGBT+ Youth in School and Community Settings
September 24, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Speaker: Harry Voulgarakis, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Assistant Professor of Child Study, St. Joseph's College, Long Island
Research shows that youth who identify as LGBT+ are at significantly greater risk for harassment and discrimination, mental health challenges, and academic challenges. Fortunately, school-based interventions have been shown to reduce these disparities and help students to feel more supported. This workshop will review theories of identity development related to LGBT+ youth and how this may present to today’s world. We will also review common risk factors for behavioral and academic challenges and the intersectionality between LGBT+ profiles and common neurodiverse presentations such as those on the autism spectrum will also be discussed. Finally, participants will learn how to create safe and supportive learning environments for students with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
About the Speaker
Dr. Harry M. Voulgarakis is a psychologist, behavior analyst, and Assistant Professor of Child Study at St. Joseph’s College in New York. He holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, and an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Gradate University. Dr. Voulgarakis specializes in neurodevelopment and neurodiversity, and currently sits on several diversity and inclusion committees.
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