Certificate in LGBTQ Leadership

Overview

Designed for mission-driven individuals, aspiring leaders, teachers, and community activists committed to being allies with LGBTQ communities, the certificate in LGBTQ leadership will connect you to mission-driven, LGBTQ thought leaders and organizations while you develop the skills to ignite positive social transformation.

Through an accelerated six-month program and internship, become empowered to apply your learning and build your passion to change the world. Engage in collaboration with members of your cohort by working on a community project of your choosing and receive constructive feedback to help improve your skills.

Working with LGBTQ communities requires specialized training. Regardless of whether you are completing the entire certificate or just one module, you will immediately gain valuable insight and begin to chart your course as a community leader.

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Mission

Train, equip, and increase the number of LGBTQ leaders and provide networking opportunities between students and LGBTQ organizations. 

Gain marketable skills

  • Education
  • Competencies
  • Networking and Certification

Education that gives back to the community

Tuition directly supports the Trans House Initiative at the University of Redlands Marin Regional Campus​.

 

Certificate details

Gain an understanding of the key issues that face the LGBTQ community. Discover the key challenges and benefits of an intersectional approach to leadership. Discuss what it means to create safe spaces in particular contexts. Learn about the shifts in understanding and respecting gender variance. Hear affirming faith leaders explore the place of religion and spirituality in equality work. Analyze social change work through community-based activism. Acquire an understanding of the global landscape for LGBTQ human rights. Secure insights into fundraising and nonprofit development.

Change the world.

Course context

As the LGBTQ movement continues to expand across the country in high schools with GSA's on college campuses, community centers in cities, with advocacy and social-service organizations throughout the nonprofit sector, the need and demand for specialized LGBTQ leadership training are clear.   

Experiential learning through volunteer service, a Strategic Impact Project, and networking complement the online learning sessions.  This certificate program offers persons wanting to volunteer or work at LGBTQ organizations specialized training and service-learning.  This unique program also offers networking opportunities for LGBTQ organizations. Moreover, this certificate program supports the Trans Heartline House at the University of Redlands San Marin campus.

Course objectives

  • To increase awareness of what is essential for providing effective LGBTQ leadership 
  • To deepen understanding of creating safe spaces for LGBTQ people and their families
  • To expand appreciation for intersectional diversity
  • To equip volunteers and employees in LGBTQ leadership skills
  • To expand resourcing and networking for LGBTQ organizations

Certificate components

Seminars are four weeks long with two sessions per week, each lasting an hour and a half.

  1. Required seminars: (a.) Intersectional Diversity: Facing Racism, Sexism & Homophobia (b.) Trans Affirming: Non-Binary Gender Identity & Expression (c.) Creating Safe Spaces
  2. Elective seminars: complete 3 additional seminars 
  3. Internship with a partner organization or one approved by the course coordinator. Internships are 4 - 6 weeks, 30 hours
  4. Development of a Strategic Impact Project 

Description of the course outline 

This certificate course is anchored by the offering of eight online seminars with each seminar session being taught by two or three thought leaders per topic.  

  • Intersectional Diversity: Facing Racism, Sexism & Homophobia
  • Trans Affirming: Non-Binary Gender Identity & Expression
  • Creating Safe Spaces
  • Community-Based Activism & Social Change
  • Fundraising & Nonprofit Development
  • Family Acceptance
  • Building Bridges: Religion & Spirituality
  • Human Rights & Global Advocacy

During the offering of the online sessions, each participant will select an internship with one of the partner organizations or one approved by the course coordinator.  The internship is to be 4 to 6 weeks for 30 hours of service.  

At the end of the seminar sessions, each participant will develop a Strategic Impact Project that is a 3,000-word reflective essay, a 5-minute video presentation or a podcast that expands on one of the 8 major topic areas.

Overarching student learning goals

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the key issues that face the LGBTQ community
  • Discover the key challenges and benefits of an intersectional approach to leadership
  • Discuss what it means to create safe spaces in particular contexts
  • Learn about the shifts in understanding and respecting gender variance
  • Hear affirming faith leaders explore the place of religion and spirituality in equality work
  • Analyze social change work through community-based activism
  • Acquire an understanding of the global landscape for LGBTQ human rights
  • Secure insights into fundraising and nonprofit development

 

Required Courses 

LEADWI-400 Intersectional Diversity: Facing Racism, Sexism, & Homophobia

Address the individual’s experience– their socio-cultural contexts, biases, and causes/ effects of discrimination and oppression.  Learn action-oriented, ethical and inclusive leadership skills for diverse communities that uncovers common roots and builds from and works with instead of solving for. 

Thought Leaders

Facing Racism, Sexism, Homophobia -- Cedric Harmon Many Voices: Dr. Andrea Rees Davies, Women’s Studies, Stanford University; Dr. Peter Goldblum, Palo Alto University

LEADWI-401 Trans-Affirming: Gender Identity & Expression

Explore the historic influence of patriarchy, the contributions of science and medicine to the understanding of gender, and the targeting of transgender people with policies and laws. Analyze social organizing forces and develop trans-affirming leadership competencies.

Thought Leaders

Non Binary Gender Identity & Expression -- Dr. Erin Swenson, Marriage & Family Therapist;  Carl G. Streed, M.D., Transgender Health Program, Boston Medical Center: Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis, Transgender Educator 

 

LEADWI-402 Creating Safe Spaces

Gain insights and competencies to effectively manage the first task of any LGBTQ/LGBTQ-allied organization– the creation of safe space.  Address language; community-based boundary creation; respect of beliefs, values, and spiritual backgrounds; and legal parameters.

Thought Leaders

Ted Lewis, Side by Side;  Eliza Byard, GLSEN 

Elective Courses - Choose 3 

Community-Based Activism Political Advocacy & Social Change

Community-Based Activism Political Advocacy & Social Change

Learn to engage stakeholders, increase buy-in, accelerate collaboration, organize and mobilize resources, and network for global change. Competencies for bottom-up leadership for grassroots, social-change, and/or community-based activism organizations will be acquired. 

 

Thought Leaders

Dee Dee Chamblee, LaGender, Inc.; Sam Brinton, The Trevor Project

 

Fundraising & Development

Fundraising & Development

Contribute to the mission of an LGBTQ organization by critical analysis of the ties between organizational growth and health to fundraising, communications, and the relationships between internal stakeholders.  Gain competencies in the fundamentals of communications, fundraising, programming, and growth management.

Thought Leaders 

Fundraising & Nonprofit Development -- Randall Miller, Oaktown Consulting

 

Structures of Acceptance: Family, Community

Structures of Acceptance: Family, Community

Develop comprehensive understanding of the impact of family acceptance and family rejection upon LGBTQ youth and adults. Analyze of the impact on physical and mental health. Gain competencies and develop best practice strategies to strengthen organizations that support LGBTQ persons and families. 

Human Rights & Global Advocacy

Human Rights & Global Advocacy

Focus on the global perspective of LGBTQ rights as human rights and as a foundation for equality like the UN’s work in 70+ countries where being LGBTQ+ is illegal. Do advocacy that recognizes the effects of growing global migration; and leading with frameworks that are rooted locally, reaching globally.

 

Thought Leaders

Building Bridges: Religion & Spirituality

Building Bridges: Religion & Spirituality

Examine spirituality and religion as the sense of connection to something larger; as resources to enable activists to maintain perspective, to combat fatigue and sustain hope in the midst of work; and recognize their roles and their impact as a bridge and/or barrier when doing equality work.

 

Thought Leaders