Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development


Breakfast + Registration (9:00 AM)

Welcome Remarks (10:00 AM)

Session 1 (10:15-11:15 AM)

Katie Thomas (Human Rights Campaign), Trans 101- Who Are We?, Cuneo Hall 111

An interactive presentation and discussion about the transgender community and current legislative initiatives that affect them. Katie Thomas has represented HRC and the transgender community with her transgender outreach program for many years. Katie regularly speaks at local colleges and high schools to bring awareness to the issues and challenges the LGBTQ community face.


Benjamin (Benji) Marton and Courtney Wilson (Loyola), Queer Identities 101, Cuneo Hall 104

This workshop will give attendees basic understandings of different terms within the LGBTQIA+ community, how those terms intersect, and basic experiences of oppression faced by those that identify with these terms. We will explore these identities through minimal lecture on definitions of these terms, and discussion prompts surrounding the experiences of individuals identifying with these terms, and their involvement, marginalization, and relationships within and without the queer community.


Greg Cox (New Hope Recovery Center), Addiction through the lens of Attachment Theory, Cuneo Hall 116

Attachment theory is a model which recognizes that humans are social creatures and need connections for healthy living. This workshop will explain the concepts of attachment theory through the lens of addiction in the LGBTQIA+ community. It will explore how one compulsively attaches to substances, food, sex, exercise, internet, gambling, and unhealthy relationships. Come and find out what your own attachment style is and how it impacts your significant relationships.


Dr. Héctor García Ch. and Dra. Cristina Lombardi-Diop (Loyola), Learning Queer Studies in the Classroom, Cuneo 109

This workshop will explore how Queer Theory has helped reframe Identity Politics in the US specifically Latin@ identities. The purpose will be to better understand Queer Theory and it multiple application and establish an honest and open-dialogue on complicated issues revolving Identity Politics in the US.


Emma Hindman (Loyola), Pansexual and Bisexual Affinity Space, Cuneo 103

Join us as we share our stories, challenges, and celebration in our identities. Bi and Pansexual individuals often hear that they are: not 'gay' enough, not 'straight' enough. This session will be a space where we will watch videos, discuss in large groups and small groups, and creatively navigate our understanding of our sexuality both individually and collectively.

Session 2 (11:30-12:30 PM)

Hina Rehman (Loyola), Minorities of LGBTQ population, Cuneo Hall 109

The reality of minorities being undertreated is rising, and unfortunately the LGBTQ happens to be a part of it. In recent years anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) bullying has been a pervasive discussion in popular debates in school and social media. Questions about minorities and any experience with discrimination of being apart of the LGBTQ population, followed by a presentation of a personal perspective of Pakistani social worker.


Eileen Tull (Sappho’s Salon), Sappho's Salon: Stories Out Loud, Cuneo Hall 210

Sappho's Salon is a monthly performance series at Women and Children First bookstore featuring female-identifying and non-binary artists exploring gender, feminism, and sexuality in their work. These are performers speaking to queer experiences and discussing how telling our own stories is an emerging form of activism and radical self-care.


Maya Arcilla (Anakbayan Chicago), LGBTQ Rights: Reclaim Your Representation!, Cuneo Hall 103

Many people stereotype our LGBTQ Filipinx community, but how do we represent ourselves? In what ways are people like Jennifer Laude, a trans woman in the Philippines, or the lives of other LGBTQ Filipinxs overlooked by mainstream media? In this workshop, we will explore issues LGBTQ people face and current representation of LGBTQ Filipinxs. Together, we will collectively decide how mainstream media (mis)represents us and how we can fight back! ***Open to those outside of the LGBTQ Filipinx community!***


Liz Bajjalieh (Loyola), What is "Queer"?, Cuneo Hall 104

A workshop dedicated to examining the word "Queer" as an identity in the LGBTQIAP+ Population. Open to anyone in LGBTQIAP+ and allied community, this workshop with focus on the history of the word, it's modern context, and ending with a general dialogue.


Vanessa Sheridan (Center on Halsted), Gender Authenticity, Cuneo Hall 116

Join us for an engaging and informative workshop with national transgender business expert Vanessa Sheridan. Transgender persons like Caitlyn Jenner may be more visible today than ever before, but the phenomenon of gender diversity is still a mystery for many in our society. This learning event will examine gender diversity as a new workplace issue that is both timely and relevant.


Frank Walker (National Youth Pride Services), #RiseUp, Cuneo Hall 111

#RiseUp will take a look at the results of the National Strategy For Black Gay Youth In America and tell the story of what it is like to grow up black and LGBTQ in the U.S. It will also examine the specific needs of black gay youth and how they may differ from mainstream goals.

Keynote by Jamie Frazier (12:45-1:45 PM)

Lunch by Chef Fresh

Session 3 (2:00-3:00 PM)

Mariya Shmuylo and Hina Rehman (Loyola), Advocating Within Cultures, Cuneo Hall 104

The Ukrainian culture, among many others, does not necessarily accept individuals that identify as LGBTQ with open arms. Fortunately, through my experiences, education, and personal ideas, I am able to advocate for this community and represent my Ukrainian heritage in a new light. I would like to discuss the issue of non-acceptance of individuals who identify as LGBTQ within cultures and present ways we can all advocate for this continuing issue.


Philip Redmond (Loyola),Talking about the local Gay men's community, Cuneo Hall 111

Many younger gay men feel unconnected to the larger gay community and are unsure of how to enter and engage it. This group would focus on creating connections with in the group so people feel more connected and less isolated. The group would also present information about the larger gay community for the group. The group would also be a safe space to let participants ask questions and receive mutual support from the other members.


Dominique Petrassi (Loyola), The Disparities between LGBTQIA and Mental Health Care, Cuneo Hall 103

According to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “Mental health... affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.” Everyone may experience mental health problems during their lifetime, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+, however people who identify as LGBTQIA+ tend to have very negative mental health care experiences. This workshop will be a space to learn about and explore the stigma and disparities between LGBTQIA+ identity and mental health.


Jamie Frazier, Taking A Closer Look: How To Read The Bible, Cuneo Hall 210

If you've ever wondered how to counter conservative Christians who use The Bible as a weapon to wound rather than a highway to healing, then this workshop is for you! For too long scripture has been used to silence, objectify, and oppress therefore when folks encounter it they are often left questioning: Is homosexuality a sin? Should women be prevented from leading? Is racism sometimes acceptable?  The answer to all three questions is NOPE! Come learn why at the workshop, Taking A Closer Look: How To Read The Bible.   In this session, Pastor Jamie Frazier, our Q-Summit keynote speaker, will help attendees discover that after thoughtfully engaging scripture, it becomes apparent 1) homosexuality is not sinful but rather celebrated by God, 2) gender equality is essential, and 3) slavery/racism is wicked.  The Bible should start conversations not end them.  


Moira Phippen and Ashley Trewartha (Loyola), Queer in Context, Cuneo Hall 116

Have you ever wondered if "passing privilege" is real for LGBTQIA+ people? In this workshop, we will explore how our identities show up internally and externally in order to gain a greater understanding of the subject of "passing."


J. Curtis Main (Loyola) ,Battling (Hetero)Sexism: Building Inclusivity Everyday, Cuneo Hall 109

With nearly every action we take, we have the power and ability to reinforce (hetero)sexist ways of thinking and being, OR to rebuild them toward inclusivity. From assigning binary gender to babies, dressing ourselves, exercise choices, and commenting on beauty standards to something as simple as our language decisions, we have agency. Learn almost 100 everyday methods of combating trans*phobia, homophobia, misogyny, and more in this interactive workshop.


Session 4 (3:15-4:15 PM)

Anthony Sis and Ishita Mehta (Loyola), The QTPoC Experience through Self-Awareness and Art, Cuneo Hall 111

This workshop will focus on two critical components of the QTPoC experience: marginalization and oppression. As a group that possesses multiple marginalized identities, we will examine how self-awareness of these identities and components can serve as a tool of strength and empowerment through artistic forms of expression.


Ashley Fowler (Human Rights Campaign), HRC 101: A Glance At Our History, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going, Cuneo Hall 109

HRC represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community. This workshop will give an overview of HRC's history, our current political initiatives, and our many foundation programs.


Alexandria Petrassi (Floodmark), Adventures in Selfhood: Creative Writing & Identity, Cuneo Hall 103

An exploration of our gender identities and intersectionality through private, creative writing. No sharing required — only an open mind and writing materials. Together we will explore our identities and find inspiration through writing prompts, different mediums, the words of others, and the free-writing technique. Although a special emphasis is given to poetry, writers of all genres (and first-time writers!) will find valuable takeaways.


Natalie Hock (Loyola Alumnus), Partnership vs Allyship, Cuneo Hall 104

What's the Difference and What Should We Strive For? This workshop warmly welcomes folks from all affinity groups, from all demographic identifiers, for an interactive discussion on power and rank, values, the complexity of intersectionality, and how we can act as true partners (not merely allies) for one another.


Philip Redmond (Loyola), Your options for protecting yourself from HIV, Cuneo Hall 116

HIV/AIDS research has made many pathways into prevention. There is a new prevention method that many do not know about. This workshop would be focused on the behaviors that put a person at the greatest risk of HIV transmission and the current prevention methods.

Closing Remarks (4:30-5:00 PM)