Training, Professional Development & Curriculum
Professional Learning CommunitIES &
Each group provides the unique opportunity to connect, network, dialogue & consult with a Rainbow facilitator ongoing throughout the year.
Professional Development & Training Workshops
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
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Professional Development & Training Workshops
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, &Expression (SOGIE): LGBTQI+ FluencY & Allyship Series
Sign up for 1,2 or all 3 sessions!
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.
Sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions!
The Cultural Humility Series
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Dates Coming Soon!
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.
Sept. 20, 2012, Nov. 15, 2021, Jan. 24, 2022, May 14, 2022
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
Dates Coming Soon!
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 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.
Older Adult Program Manager
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.
Kiku, he/him pronouns, is an intersectional queer trans man originally hailing 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 centered design thinking, with a visual arts background focused on diversity, equity, and expansion. 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, affirming 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 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 as a man of trans experience. Most importantly, Kiku knows liberation is found every time he gets on the dance floor!
Training and Curriculum Manager
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!
MEET OUR TALENTED TEAM OF TRAINERS:
Youth Outreach Coordinator
Niq (they/them) is a queer and trans community organizer, Bay Area native, healer, wannabe cowboi, and deeply committed to our collective healing and liberation, by any means necessary. Niq loves almost anything music related, taking care of their people, the beach and all things nature.
They began organizing in high school within their school and school district to help implement the FAIR Education Act, create queer and trans competent sex education curriculum and get gender neutral bathrooms built on their campus. In high school, Niq worked with GSA Network and Transgender Student Educational Resources (TSER) working regionally and nationally with other queer and trans young people.
Niq is a 2017 recipient of the eQuality scholarship for their high school activism and work with GSA Network and received a Youth Activist Award in October 2017 from Queer LifeSpace for their work uplifting other trans and queer people of color. They recently started a mutual aid fundraising collective for Black Trans folks in the Bay Area and they are a recent Alumni of GSA Network and Transgender Law Center’s Transgender Youth (TRUTH) Council, organizing with other trans young folks nationally.
Prior to joining Rainbow staff in 2017, Niq spent three years as a Rainbow Youth Program participant and is overjoyed to be a part of the program that helped give them their voice and to be able to use the wisdom of their past experiences, community and ancestors to empower, support and uplift young queer and trans people.
Rae Messer, ASW
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.
Housing and Youth Programs 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.