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NYSAIS Dinner Meeting for LGBTQ+ Staff, Faculty, and Administrators

Date: Thursday - December 07, 2017
Time: 5:15 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Trinity School

101 West 91st Street  |  New York, NY 10024-1326  map
Facilitators:  Ellen Riggle and Sharon Rostosky 
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Thursday, December 7, 5:30-8:00 PM

This dinner is an affinity gathering for independent school staff, faculty, and administrators of any racial/ethnic identity who identify as LGBTQ+. Allies who do not identify as LGBTQ+, please note the upcoming annual NYSAIS Sex, Gender and Sexuality Conference at Mohonk, which is open to all.

The NYSAIS Diversity Committee is thrilled to offer this annual space for the LGBTQIA community within independent schools to gather so we can grow from and celebrate each other. We strive to make this space one that can hold multitudes -- as that is so central to how we thrive as a community. We are legion, and we are wide-ranging in our identities and experiences. We are grateful for the differences among us, and the common queerness – a cause for celebration, indeed– that we all share.  



Registration / Cocktails


Workshop:  Cultivating a Positive View of LGBTQ+ Identities

Ellen D.B. Riggle, PhD, and Sharon S. Rostosky, PhD, will introduce a positive strength-based approach to positive LGBTQ+ identities.  To illustrate this approach, Riggle and Rostosky will draw on themes of positive identity derived from responses of over 1000 LGBTQ+ participants in their research studies.  The themes, presented in A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being (winner of the American Psychological Association Division 44 Distinguished Book Award for 2012), include positive expressions of gender and sexuality; creating strong and intimate relationships; exploring unique perspectives on empathy, compassion, and social justice; belonging to communities and acting as role models and mentors; and, living an authentic life.  The presentation will include guided reflection, discussion, and interaction among participants.



Ellen D.B. Riggle, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and affiliated faculty member of the Center for Equality and Social Justice and the Health, Society and Populations Program, at the University of Kentucky. She received her BA in Political Science from Purdue University, and A.M. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois. She is the recipient of the 2017 William B. Sturgill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education from University of Kentucky Graduate School.  Ellen likes to hike on the weekends with friends and colleagues.

Sharon (Sherry) Scales Rostosky, PhD, is Professor and Director of Training in the Department of Educational, Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Kentucky, and a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  She received her BS in Music Performance from Mars Hill College, MCM in Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, MS in Community Counseling from Georgia State University, and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee.  She received the 2010 American Psychological Association Division 17 Social Justice Award.  Sherry is piano accompanist for Lexington’s LGBTQA+ community chorus, New Song in the Bluegrass.

Riggle and Rostosky are co-authors of two books: A positive view of LGBTQ: Embracing identity and cultivating well-being (2012, Rowman & Littlefield;  winner of the American Psychological Association Division 44 Distinguished Book Award for 2012), and Happy together: Thriving as a same-sex couple in your family, workplace, and community (2015, American Psychological Association Lifetools Series).  They have also authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles on minority stress and well-being of LGBTQ individuals and same-sex couples.  They are co-directors of the research lab.

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Fee includes reception, workshop and dinner.

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event.

  • NYSAIS members - $110.00
  • Non-members - $130.00

Early Discount of $10.00 will apply until 2 weeks before the event.

Late Fee of $10.00 will apply within 2 days of the event.

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