Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer and public health consultant who has worked extensively with health service providers, educational institutions, and social justice organizations to develop culturally competent service approaches for LGBT populations, with an emphasis on equal access for transgender individuals and families. He provides consultation to the California Community College Student Mental Health Program and is the lead consultant at the Community Alliance for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, among other contracts. Recognized widely for his expertise in transgender public health issues, Willy also has extensive experience with communities of color, substance users, sex workers, youth, and people with disabilities. He earned a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Education from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Women's Studies from UC Santa Cruz. As a trainer, Willy employs a welcoming, interactive, non-punishing approach that honors participants' expertise and welcomes all questions, at all knowledge levels. For more information, visit www.willywilkinson.com.
Culturally Competent Approaches for Addressing the Mental Health Needs of LGBTQ Students
This half-day workshop will explore the experiences of LGBTQ students on campus, including the intersections of race, culture, class, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Participants will learn to utilize culturally appropriate language and behavior for addressing and working with LGBTQ students and families, discuss strategies for addressing mental health needs and reducing suicidal behavior, and develop LGBTQ-inclusive policies and procedures. Interactive, solutions-oriented, and fun, this workshop will provide faculty, administrators, staff, and students with the tools to support the mental health of LGBTQ students.
Addressing Transgender Cultural Competency in Higher Education
This workshop will describe the breadth of identities associated with transgender communities, including an exploration of the experiences of trans and gender nonconforming people of color, people with ethnic cultural identities, and lower income individuals. Participants will learn to utilize culturally appropriate language and behavior for addressing and working with transgender students, assess the cultural competency of their institution, and develop tools for creating a trans-inclusive campus climate. Interactive, solutions-oriented, and fun, this workshop provides opportunities for learning and problem solving at all knowledge levels. For educators, administrators, staff, and students.