Carolina Conference on Queer Youth

Thank you for attending the 2016 Carolina Conference on Queer Youth! We can't wait to see you next year. Stay tuned for information on the 2017 Carolina Conference on Queer Youth, and check out our schedule for the 2016 Conference below: 

On Friday, October 14, 2016, students, K-12 school staff, helping professionals, and community members from around the Carolinas will convene on the campus of UNC Charlotte for the fourth annual Carolina Conference on Queer Youth. The one-day conference is a unique opportunity for area representatives to network, dialogue, and organize around issues important to the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth in K-12 education. The conference is presented through a partnership of Time Out Youth and UNC Charlotte’s Multicultural Resource Center.  Eight hours of CEUs are available for professionals. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees who register. Parking is available in the UNC Charlotte Student Union Parking Deck for $10 for the day. The event will run from 8:00am-5:00pm, with registration running from 8:00-8:30am. 

Below is a draft of the 2016 Carolina Conference on Queer Youth program: 

Keynote Speaker (8:30-9:00am):

Ann Clark, Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Breakout Session 1 (9:30-10:30am)

Understanding the Transgender Experience, Part 1: Power and Privilege

  • Dr. Holly Savoy, Holly Savoy PhD, & Dr. Jocie Sweeney, SweeneyPsych PLLC

Best Practices for Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ Youth

  • Tosha Arriola, Queens University of Charlotte, Andy Wertz, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, & Ann Tapia, Piedmont Open IB Middle School

Supporting Transgender Students: A Primer for Administrators

  • Susanne Schmal, NC Healthy Schools (DPI), & Sarah Davis, SHIFT NC

Spread the Love: From Bae to Beyond

  • Melissa Siegel Barrios, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Prevention and Intervention Services, & Forward Youth Group

Supporting Student Organizing

  • Ashley S. Williams, UNC Charlotte, Trans and Queer People of Color Collective, 41 Percent

Intersections of Disability/Mental Health and Queer Identities in Higher Education

  • Ryan Miller, Ph.D., UNC Charlotte

Breakout Session 2 (10:40-11:40am)

Understanding the Transgender Experience, Part 2: Practical and Clinical Applications

  • Dr. Holly Savoy, Holly Savoy PhD, & Dr. Jocie Sweeney, SweeneyPsych PLLC

A Safe Space to Learn: Combating Classroom Microaggressions with Microaffirmations

  • Holly Jordan, Hillside High School (Durham, NC), Safe Schools North Carolina

HB2 and Your School: An Up-to-the-Minute Update on Your Rights

  • Chris Brook, ACLU of North Carolina

(Self)Publish Your Power: Queer and Trans Zines Workshop

  • Milo Miller, QZAP – The Queer Zine Archive Project, & Celina Williams, Richmond Public Library and Girls Rock RVA

Stress Associated with Identities in African American Gay/Bisexual Men and Transgender Women

  • Darrin Johnson, UNC Charlotte, Dr. Diana Rowan, UNC Charlotte

Supporting University Students Who Are Gender Fluid

  • Eddie Case, Wingate University, Corbin Blake Duncan, Wingate University

Breakout Session 3 (12:40-1:40pm)

Bridging the Healthcare Gap for Transgender Children

  • Transparents of PFLAG Charlotte

It’s Elementary: An Overview of the Welcoming Schools Approach

  • Susanne Schmal, NC Healthy Schools (DPI)

Layers of Transgender Individuals of Color: Dissecting the Epic Journey of Transitioning

  • Delton Harris, family therapist

Docupoetry: Reclaiming our Language

  • Amanda J. Campbell, Winthrop University and Johnson & Wales University

Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth

  • Melissa Siegel Barrios, Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Prevention and Intervention Services

Breakout Session 4 (1:50-2:50)

Gender and Consent: Healthy Relationships for Youth of All Genders

  • Trey Greene, Transcend Charlotte, & Che Busiek, Transcend Charlotte

Advocacy in the Classroom

  • Jordan Frederick, Queen’s Grant High School

Hashtags to Harmony: Autodrama as a Key to Empathy

  • Kindra Steenerson, SAGE Acts

A Conversation with The Queer Poet

  • Jim Kellogg, The Queer Poet

Creating Youth-led Programs to Support, Engage, and Empower Transgender Youth

  • Nick Buchser, Jenna Travis, & Katie Regittko, LGBT Center of Raleigh, & Jae Muth, QueerNC


Afternoon Caucus sessions 3:00-4:30pm