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Outside the Box: Navigating Identity in Classrooms & Curriculum

January 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Please note that the location of this event has changed to UTSC Student Centre, room 222. 

– To what extent are you comfortable self-identifying in classroom spaces?
– What are some ways, if any, you have self-identified in the classroom?
– What are some ways that LGBTQ* identities can be better represented in: A) curriculum (ie., readings), B) class discussions (ie., group activities), and C) teaching (ie., professors’ styles, use of examples, etc.)?

With the advent and progression of student rights and student development, the university population has generated much discussion around students’ self-identification with respect to their sexual orientation and gender identity. Together, we will glean a deeper understanding of how these identities are represented and underrepresented in the classroom and curriculum. More specifically, we will address ones desire, inclination, or decision-making around self-identifying in academic spaces. There will be opportunities to delve into topics such as what positive and affirming spaces look like in the classroom, and what professors are currently practicing or could be practicing to promote such spaces.

We are excited to have David Bird facilitate this Outside the Box session! David has a combined ten years of experience working in higher education and community support services. Currently, David holds the roles of Learning Skills Advisor in the Department of Student Life and Academic Advisor in the Academic Advising and Career Centre, and is a member of the Positive Space Committee and Mental Health Network at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). From 2014 to 2016, he served as the Vice-President and Director of Facilitation for PFLAG Canada’s Durham Region chapter, where he managed and coordinated the facilitation department to support LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. David has provided training and led workshops around social justice, anti-racism, LGBTQ+ cultural competency, and professional development opportunities to a variety of social service agencies, elementary and high schools, post-secondary institutions, businesses, and religious organizations. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice, a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education, and a Master of Education in Adult Education and Community Development.


Outside the Box is a UTSC lunch and conversation series to bring students together every other Wednesday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Find out more about Outside the Box.

This event is hosted by the UTSC Department of Student Life, Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, and Academic Advising & Career Centre.

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January 24
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Sexual & Gender Diversity Office; UTSC Department of Student Life; Academic Advising & Career Centre


UTSC, Student Centre, Room 222