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ASC: Supports for Students - Self-Directed Learning

About the Gender and Sexual Diversity Awareness Course

Gender and Sexual Diversity Awareness Course


Students can self-enroll in this course here.


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The Gender and Sexual Diversity Awareness Course aims to increase students’ awareness about gender and sexual diversity, and strategies for respectful and affirming communication.




Learning Outcomes

Module 1.

LGBTT* Terminology

  • Define concepts of biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
  • Identify affirming and respectful terminology
  • Describe the diversity and complexity in human sexuality specific to LGBTT* communities

Module 2.

Cultural Considerations

  • Describe the role of culture related to gender and sexual diversity
  • Discuss social and cultural considerations related to gender and sexual diversity

Module 3.

Manifestations of Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia and Heterosexism

  • Describe concepts and manifestations of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and other forms of systemic oppression or ‘othering’
  • Identify ways to bridge cultural gaps and create affirming spaces inclusive of gender and sexual diversity

Module 4. Strategies for Inclusiveness

  • Identify ways to deal with problematic language or incompatible values in educational spaces
  • Identify ways to respond to disclosure and supportive best practices

Module 5. History of Pride and LGBTT* Rights

  • Summarize the history and key moments of the Pride movement in North America
  • Describe LGBTT* rights in the world today

Module 6. College, Local and National Resources

  • Identify initiatives and resources for awareness and support around gender and sexual diversity in the College, the local community, and at the national level

Additional Module: Becoming an Ally

  • Describe the role of Ally for LGBTT* communities
  • Identify Ally strategies and resources