People often make assumptions about a person’s gender based on that person’s appearance or name. These assumptions could send a potentially harmful message that people have to look a certain way to resemble their gender. Using someone’s correct personal pronouns is a way to respect them and create an inclusive environment, just as using a person’s preferred name can be a way to respect them. This webinar, intended for academic professionals, including academic advisors, student support services, and administrative support professionals, provides participants with an overview of gender identity and gender expression and their significance for higher education contexts, as well as introductory strategies and resources for integrating preferred names and gender pronouns into daily practices.
By the end of this workshop, participants know or will be able to:
Rebecca Alejos-Sharadin joined the Alamo Colleges as a coordinator for high school programs in September 2019. Rebecca serves on NLC's Diversity Equity, and Inclusion Thought Leadership Team, she is president for the Northeast Lakeview College's Staff Senate, secretary for the History and Heritage Committee, member of the Alamo College's DREAMers Advisory Council and is the staff advisor for NLC's Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) student organization. Rebecca was recently elected as chair for the Diplomas and UPPartnership's Steering Committee. In this role, she will lead San Antonio's collective impact effort, uniting 21 cross-sector partners, to increase the college attainment and quality of life of San Antonio's LatinX and DREAMer communities. She is a member of the DREAMers and My Brother's Keeper San Antonio collaborative. She is a double alum of Texas State University. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2011 and a master's degree in education (student affairs in higher education) in 2014. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Rebecca believes that education is a civil rights issue and is dedicated to providing all students with access to higher education regardless of their skin color, nationality, ethnicity, or ability. Through her professional and personal experiences, she has internalized the belief that quality opportunities, support, and long-term guidance can transform students' lives. She works diligently to challenge systems that oppress underrepresented students in higher education and the workforce. Rebecca knows that all students, regardless of their economic or cultural background, have the opportunity to succeed in college, which is a key driver of professional success in life.