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Conversations on Contemporary Views of Sex, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

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ClassGraphic This session focuses on contemporary concepts of sex, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as the context for non-binary and transgender identities. Whole health and wellness include living a fulfilled life, which encompasses gender identity and expression. These personal choices are essential components of well-being and self-determination. There are, however, barriers preventing individuals from expressing their gender identity in safe, inclusive mental health settings. Highlighted in this discussion are health issues relevant to individuals who express diverse gender identities, community challenges, the effects of social determinants such as stigma, interpersonal violence, and healthcare access, and successful evidence-informed interventions mindful of the needs of non-binary individuals. Information and resources to improve workforce competencies and practices also will be described.
The objective of this presentation:
  • Define contemporary terms and concepts associated with gender non-binary individuals and communities;
  • Describe key areas of impact for physical and mental health and well-being;
  • Identify culturally mindful aspects and approaches to describe sex, gender, and sexual orientation across the lifespan. 
Lisa A. Razzano, PhD, CPRP is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Director of the Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and Director for the James Scholar Program at the UIC College of Medicine. Dr. Razzano is recognized internationally for her funded research and workforce development programs focusing on mental health recovery, physical health co-morbidities, mental health aspects of HIV/AIDS,and community intervention and services research. Her contributions have been recognized with awards including career contributions from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Researcher of the Year from the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, the UIC Chancellor’s Award for Mentor of the Year, and a UIC Excellence in Teaching Award, among others. Dr. Razzano is a Subtheme Leader for Human Growth and Development for the College’s curriculum redesign and a Scholar for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow. Dr. Razzano has served on scientific and government review panels, national executive boards, including service as national chair for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, and as an elected member of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Serious Mental Illness and Serious Emotional Disturbance.
Presented by the Evanston Diversity & Inclusion Committee. 

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Missy Fleming2.Lisa D'Angelo 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
12/1/2021 - 12/1/2021 Weekly - Wed 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Lisa D'Angelo  ; Missy Fleming 
/*NOV 14 2020*/