Registration is open for “Inclusion and Empowerment: Gender Diversity, Harassment Prevention, and Resilience”

Inclusion and Empowerment: Gender Diversity, Harassment Prevention, and Resilience

Registration is now open to the spring workshop, Inclusion and Empowerment: Gender Diversity, Harassment Prevention, and Resilience. This workshop is brought to you by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee. We offer two sessions of the same workshop at different dates and locations. See below for more information.

Two sessions of the same workshop:
April 24 at Castro Valley Public Library
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April 25 at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
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Both sessions 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
Registration fee: $25

Description: This workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

9am-12pm Understanding Gender Diversity
Join us for an interactive and engaging session covering various topics related to queer identity including the impacts of the gender binary, current language, and best practices. Attendees will understand the spectrum of gender and sexuality, key terminology, and inclusive language; will have an increase awareness of specific issues, myths, and barriers for LGBTQ+ people in your community and workplace; and learn tips on embracing and celebrating diversity.

Presented by Jamie Joy of the Diversity Center Santa Cruz County, BoardSecretary for Monarch Services (sexual/domestic violence agency), state-certified HIV Test Counselor, Adjunct Health Trainer for CA Dept. of Public Health, and performance artist.

12pm-1pm Harassment Prevention and Workplace Resiliency
Leonie Sherman will cover harassment prevention, resiliency, and mindfulness in this interactive workshop! Leonie has reached over 12,000 students in the past 15 years, as young as 5 and as old as 96, from Southeast Asia to Southeast Alaska, with simple tools that empower and increase confidence. As a self-defense, yoga, and resiliency instructor, Leonie aims to provide a fun, compassionate and safe space for people to face fears and move through them.

The April 24 workshop will be held in the meeting room at the Castro Valley Public Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system.  On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station.

The April 25 workshop will be held in a meeting room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the main library of San Jose Public Library.  The Fourth Street Garage is across the street from the library.

Questions about billing and registration, please call Wendy Cao at (650) 349-5538, or send an email,

Questions about the workshop, please email Elaine Tai at, or Michelle Krasowski at

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