Training, Professional Development & Curriculum


Professional Learning CommunitIES & 

Individual Coaching

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Each group provides the unique opportunity to connect, network, dialogue & consult with a Rainbow facilitator ongoing throughout the year.


Professional Development & Training Workshops

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We facilitate a responsive, interactive, hands on, minds on, hearts on learning experience for all participants to grow in their understanding & practices.


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We offer customized training, consultation, speakers, & panels. It would be an honor to support your employees & leadership to elevate your organizational culture.



LGBTQI+ Affirming & Expansive

Digital Curriculum Sets 

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All revenue from subscriptions, training & curriculum goes towards supporting Rainbow's programs & services in the community.

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Professional Development & Training Workshops

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Advocating For Your Transgender Child at School

March 10, 2021

6:30pm-8pm PST | Location: Virtual

Cost: Sliding Scale

This workshop will feature parents of transgender and gender nonconforming children sharing their stories of advocating for their children at school. It will also include information on California state laws that protect transgender and gender nonconforming students at school.


Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, &Expression (SOGIE): LGBTQI+ FluencY & Allyship Series

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SOGIE Spring Series: April 21, 22, 23

9am-11am PST | Location: Virtual

Cost: $300 ($100 per session)

Includes information that progressively builds on itself through 3 sessions

SOGIE Session 1 - Breaking Through the Binary: Participants will learn the foundational concepts of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE), identify current outcomes of rigid gender norms in our communities, and devise ways we can begin to break through dominant narratives around the gender binary and heteronormativity.


SOGIE Session 2 - Dimensions, Impact, and Dialogue: Participants will explore the dimensions of gender and sexuality, the importance of pronouns, looking at personal and community impact of LGBTQI+ Implicit bias, and general best practices for allyship. 


SOGIE Session 3-  Affirming and Expansive Approaches: Participants will move beyond a basic understanding of LGBTQI+ topics, exploring bias, privilege, and intersectionality while digging deeper into identities within the LGBTQI+ community. We invite creative and strategic thinking about specific action steps you and your family, community, and/or place of work community, and/or place of work can take to inform policies, language, facilities, culture and attitude within all our communities.

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The Cultural Humility Series

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Includes information that progressively builds on itself through 3 sessions. 

Humility Session 1- Growing Awareness & Recognizing Positionality  

Participants will define bias, power and privilege & explore how these topics show up in their lives & within our greater communities and society.


Cultural Humility Session 2 - Exploring Intersectionality & Impact

Participants will explore how different identities relate and show up in the world, & the impact of both intentional & unintentional communications that may stigmatize a group or many groups of people. 


Cultural Humility Session 3- Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression & Embracing Liberation

Participants will examine the cycles of oppression and embrace liberation for all by putting allyship into motion. We invite creative and strategic thinking about specific action steps you & your family, community, and/or place of work can take to inform policies, language, facilities, culture & attitude within all our communities.



Professional Learning CommunitIES 

& Individual Coaching


Professional Learning Community for Educators 


Join our Professional Learning Community specifically curated for people in the education field to grow in their understanding and practices.

February 1, March 1, April 12, May 3

Time: 3-4pm PST | Location: Virtual


This professional learning community provides a unique opportunity for educators to connect, network, and dialogue on current topics relevant to the members’ experience. This group meets 4 times throughout the year in a structured group format led by Rainbow Community Center staff facilitator.

Topics will be responsive to the group needs and possible themes may include: being an ally to LGBTQI+ colleagues, gender and racial justice, supporting students, distance learning, working with families that hold a wide range of beliefs, & incorporating LGBTQI+ curriculum into lessons, social justice clubs and affinity groups.



LGBTQI+ Professionals in Education Alliance


Feb. 9, March 9, April 27

Time: 1-3pm PST | Location: Virtual



This learning opportunity provides 3 deep dive sessions that will explore a specific theme as it relates to the context of your group. Each session will provide time for participants to share stories, ask questions, celebrate successes and identify strategies to address any challenges or concerns presented. Additionally facilitators will guide & build upon you and your organization/company/schools capacity to understand, celebrate & elevate all genders and sexualities in your community.

Possible themes may include: being out as LGBTQI+ in the workplace, being an ally to LGBTQI+ colleagues, supporting students, leading GSA’s and other social justice clubs, intersectionality, working with families that hold a wide range of beliefs, & incorporating LGBTQI+ curriculum into lessons.
*for LGBTQI+ identified folx in education



Individual Coaching 



Individual one on one coaching is available to  help you achieve a future goal. The packages include a 15 minute consultation followed by 3 professionally guided one hour deep dive sessions. Coaching sessions are co-created with a provider based on the individuals’ situation, but may include themes such as: coming out, families, going home for the holidays, transitioning at work, alternative relationships and sexualities; such as polyamory and BDSM, situations in parenting an LGBTQI+ youth, increasing competency for supporting LGBTQI+ clients in mental health/education/healthcare and more.

One on one coaching is offered by members of our clinical team and during registration for your package you can select the person that you would like to connect with for this service.



Christopher Holden

Older Adult Program Manager

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Christopher received his Bachelor of Science at Boston’s Northeastern University and an addition graphic arts degree at Epping Forest College, London, England. His most recent work experience was as a Program Coordinator for 140+ disabled/formerly homeless seniors in a supportive housing setting. Prior to that, Christopher lived in Zurich, Switzerland for 7 years and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia and taught English in Dharamsala, India. 

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Kiku Johnson

Executive Director

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Kiku originally hails from Michigan and has been living and thriving with his partner in Oakland, CA since 2004. Kiku is an educator, trainer, and consultant engaging his human development, design thinking, with a visual arts background focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Kiku has 30 years of experience with youth development and responsive community program design, outreach, implementation, impact, evaluation, and advocacy through a social justice lens. Kiku is independently and collaboratively adept at creating culturally and trauma-informed, accessible approaches and content for a wide variety of intersectional communities including LGBTQI+, People of Color, youth, and adults working across sectors including juvenile justice, education, mental health, community-based, and faith-based organizations. He has traveled the country educating on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Affirming Approach and Expansive Practices connected with the CDC funded handbook he authored that is open source. Kiku is a Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Supporting LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program Fellow. He loves being in community with all folx with a special affection for the cat community. Kiku loves teaching mediums for expression like stained glass construction and is fascinated with how things work and embodying MacGyver at every opportunity! He's writing a book about his life journey through trauma and transition. Most importantly, Kiku knows liberation is found every time he gets on the dance floor!

Laura Cartwright

Interim Training Coordinator


Laura brings 25 years of experience inspiring resilience in youth and their families through a regionally informed, intersectional lens. She has trained nationally and developed curriculum to support educators, administrators, facilitators, and youth workers in providing restorative practices in their setting with a particular focus on serving LGBTQ+ youth. She most recently taught for 10 years where she was the Athletic Director, 8th grade advisor, and Social Emotional Learning curriculum writer and teacher. She also was the adult advisor to the GSA and currently co-leads an adult Professional GSA for teachers. Before teaching, Laura worked in the non-profit sector serving youth in Detroit, and later working to empower athletes of all abilities as the Vice President of Regional Sports at Special Olympics Northern California. In her free time she loves to swim, cook up new recipes in the kitchen, and explore the bay area with her amazing partner!



Niq Muldrow

Youth Outreach Coordinator

Niq Muldrow is an unapologetic queer trans guy who lives for Social Justice. A freshman at Diablo Valley College, he is double majoring in social work and social justice. He is a 2017 recipient of the eQuality Scholarship for his activism in school as well as his work with GSA Network. They were a youth council member at GSA Network as well as represented Northern California at GSA Network’s National Gathering gathering in Columbus Ohio in August 2017. He will be receiving a Youth Activist Award in October from Queer LifeSpace for his work uplifting trans and queer people of color.

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Rae Messer, ASW

Associate Clinician

Rae is excited to serve the LGBTQIA+ community in Contra Costa County, where she grew up. Rae got her Masters of Social Work at Hunter University in New York, and is committed to supporting the mental health of LGBTQIA+ youth, adults, and families, including gender-expansive folx. Rae offers individual, couples and family counseling, as well as supports the Parents of Trans and Gender Nonconforming Children's Group. When Rae is not working, she enjoys sunshine, dancing, and dad jokes.

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Rasheedah Blake

Youth Housing Director

Rasheedah has been an ally for the LGBTQ community for over 20 years and has worked in social services and social justice for over 25 years. Her work has focused on homeless adults, domestic violence and community mental health.  Rasheedah has been a fierce advocate for housing homeless youth and adults, she spent over 10 years working in San Francisco shelters and Community Mental Health Services. Her advocacy in community mental health has been fighting for more mental health services like therapy and supportive employment. She holds a Masters Degree from New College of San Francisco in Women's Studies: Emphasis on Sexual Violence in Prostitution. Rasheedah has lived in the Bay Area for 35 years and moved from Santa Cruz to pursue work at Highland Hospital in County Mental Health. In her leisure time, she likes to ride bikes, walks on the beach and baking sweet potato pies and spinach lasagna. She has been an avid Bay to Breakers runner with three races under her belt and also has enjoyed bodybuilding in the past, and now enjoys kickboxing, pilates and walks in nature. She joined the Rainbow Community Center in February 2019 as Director of Youth Emergency Housing.