Rev. Jamie Washington serves as president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a multicultural organizational development firm. He is also a senior consultant with The Equity Consulting Group, and with Elsie Y. Cross and Associates. He has served as an educator and administrator in higher education for more than 20 years. He most recently served as the assistant vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has been an instructor in sociology, American studies, and education; and an assistant professor of women's studies at UMBC. He holds a PhD in college student development with a concentration in multicultural education from the University of Maryland, College Park. He completed his master of divinity program at Howard University. He is a lead faculty member with the LeaderShape Institute and the National Certified Student Leader Program. He has more than 30 years of experience in music ministry, is an ordained minister, and currently serves as an associate minister at Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore. For more information, visit http://www.washingtonconsultinggroup.us.
1) The "Fundamentals" of Engaging the Intersections of Christianity and LGBTQ Experiences in the Classroom and Beyond
Have you ever felt like talking to some Christians about LGBTQ issues is a no-win situation? Do you feel like as a LGBTQ person of faith that your voice gets dismissed or minimized? Have you experienced religion as a wedge issues between heterosexual people of color and white LGBTQ folks? Well, let's talk about it. This day-long institute will walk you through the "fundamentals" for staying engaged in a conversation that is both honoring and challenging to all it involves, including best practices for facilitating dialogues across difference. Whether we are in the classroom or on the campus quad, this session will address how to engage and move beyond the "shut down" statements and help each of us learn better ways of coping with people who simply see it differently.
2) One More River to Cross: The Intersection of Racism and Heterosexism
"Gay issues are not civil rights issues, they are a choice!" "Racism and Homophobia is the same thing, I don't understand why people of color don't get that." As a Latina lesbian, it's often hard to find a community where I don't have to be on guard". "Being Asian and gay is who I am, but very few people know that". "It's because of the homophobia in the Black community that Proposition 8 passed". Do these comments sound familiar? Have you ever felt shut down or confused in the conversation about which is worse? Do you wish that people could just see oppression as wrong regardless of its manifestation? This half day session will invite participants on a journey to understanding the similarities and difference in racism and heterosexism and how we all can work more effectively together to create a more socially just campus community.
3) Navigating LGBTQ Issues & Social Justice: From Microaggressions to Larger Dynamics of Difference
As campuses move from "Race" based models of diversity to a "Social Justice" frame work that engages issues of inclusion, power, privilege and oppression, LGBT issues are becoming more central. This movement has created both opportunities and and challenges. Engaging LGBT issues as they intersect with other dynamics of inclusion requires a level of awarness and skills that are not present in most campus leaders. Microgressions, intergenerational conversations, creation of new offices, mergeing offices and courses are just some of the issues that are a part of this dynamic process. This session will offer key skills and tools for greater effectiveness.