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Incorporating Gender & Sexuality Into Social Justice Work

  • Synergos 3 East 54th Street New York, NY, 10022 United States (map)

In the #metoo era, we continue to challenge social and political dynamics harmful to women and LGBTQ folks. But how can we more holistically address gender and sexuality in our work? How can we design better strategy, policy, and programs that do more than check the “identity” boxes?


Workshop Overview: All too often, gender-focused programming focuses on inclusion of women and girls, or aims to tackle a barrier that they face, but stops there. In this workshop, we’ll move beyond the basics to incorporate a more complex understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality in our social justice work. We will explore what sex, gender, and sexuality really mean, and how these aspects of our identity intersect with different forms of oppression and hierarchies of race, class, and ability. We’ll examine how these intersections shape the choices we make in our work and daily life, and tangible steps to create alternatives ways of working together

Who is this for? Whether you are engaged directly in work around gender, or coordinating programs that have “nothing to do” with gender equity, this seminar will offer you a holistic approach to gender justice in your work. This seminar is ideal for people who want to learn more about how societal expectations of sex, gender, and sexuality impact our daily work and lives. It’s great for people engaging in social justice work in an organizational, community organizing, or educational space, in any role.

You will leave this workshop with a more nuanced understanding of:

  • How sex, gender, gender identity, and sexuality interact with other aspects of identity and oppression

  • A proactive and positive approach to gender justice and gender equity, beyond inclusion or addressing violations alone

  • Approaches to program design and implementation with a gender justice lens

  • Techniques to tackle immediate problems of harassment, discrimination, microaggressions, and inclusion


Ongoing Support and Accountability: After our workshops, we provide ongoing support to participants over several months, to help with your continued planning or implementation of ideas. This includes:

  • Tangible goal-setting and accountability checks

  • Seachange Collective cohort webinars to discuss progress, questions, challenges, and shared strategies

  • Optional: We can offer additional workshops or advising for your team on specific projects. Talk to us about what you need!

What have past participants said?

"This training is an excellent launch pad into conversations on why gender and sexuality matter and where they interact with everyone's work." — Workshop Participant

"Seachange Collective creates a safe space to peer learn and reflect on your own experience in the subject they address. Wonderful facilitation and worthwhile.” — Marina Poudret, Associate, Synergos

Who we are: Seachange Collective is a women-led training collective that supports groups committed to social, racial, gender, and economic justice. Our collective draws on our combined decades of expertise in the non-profit and social change sectors, including work in community organizing, education, policy and advocacy, case management, research, mediation, professional development, grant and individual giving. As facilitators, we are highly participatory, drawing on participants’ own expertise, real-life case studies, and a mix of theory and practice. We are experienced in dealing with a range of needs, and creation of safe spaces for difficult conversations. Read our biographies here:

Pricing: We run our workshops on a sliding-scale model, to ensure we remain accessible for organizers, non-profit staff, and public servants across a spectrum of roles and budgets.


Please note that space is limited!