Building respect: Speakers present on cultural competency and professionalism
Consultants from Elon University in North Carolina traveled to Stetson University College of Law on Feb. 8-9 to present on LGBTQIA inclusion in the campus community.
Matthew Antonia Bosch and Brooke Barnett, Ph.D., facilitated four events including a faculty workshop, student workshop, break-out session with the law school deans, and a break-out session for LGBTQIA student leaders.
Bosch is the director of the Gender & LGBTQIA Center and Barnett is the associate provost for inclusive community and a professor in the communications school at Elon University.
Bosch presented an interactive session, “Cultural Competency and Professionalism: The Path to Inclusion of the LGBTQIA Community in Practice,” to Stetson law students on Feb. 9.
“Not only did this session focus on how to achieve a friendly, inclusive campus community, but Bosch also provided hands-on tools to build a culture of respect, acceptance, celebration and to effect positive change,” said student leader and Lambda president Nathan Bruemmer, who helped organize the event.
Based on their successful inclusion efforts, Elon University was named among CampusPride’s “Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendliest Campuses in the U.S.” and received a grant to provide training and coaching to other southeastern universities.
“Creating a safe environment and treating one another with dignity and respect is part of professionalism,” said Bruemmer. “We begin to shape and model that professionalism while we are law students through our interactions with professors, in clinics and internships, and with one another on campus. I hope this and future cultural competency workshops will carry this level of professionalism forward into our legal careers. ”
The Lambda Legal Society, President’s Diversity Council, American Bar Association Law Student Division of Stetson Law, and Stetson’s Office of Student Life sponsored the event.
Post date: Feb. 17, 2016
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