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Bio-Behavioral Health 297 – Maymester 2015

LGBTQA Movements and Advocacy, Service Learning Course - Washington DC

May 11—May 29

2 Credits

The LGBTQA Movements and Advocacy Service Learning trip was developed from a need to include a co-curricular experience for Penn State students who identify in the LGBTQA spectrum and their allies. This service-learning course will explore gender and sexuality-based social justice movements, non-governmental organizations, and other groups that generate consciousness around the realities of people who experience discrimination because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Students will tour and volunteer in multiple national LGBTQ organizations in the Washington DC area and reflect on the nature of effective LGBT leadership, advocacy, and activism. Some of the more recognizable organizations that we may visit include: The Human Rights Campaign, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, The National Youth Advocacy Coalition, The LGBT Health at Whitman-Walker Clinic, and the National Center for Transgender Equality. The exposure to a wide range of organizations seeks to generate a more in-depth understanding of the multiple dimensions of the LGBTQ community and key services available nationally. Ultimately, the course will ask the student to reflect on how organizations and individuals address community problems and injustices with success.

Through readings, discussions, volunteer work, and self-reflection, students will have opportunities to achieve the course objectives as outlined below. As a result, students will be prepared to become effective leaders, advocates, and activists.

Applications are available in the LGBTQ Student Resource Center-101 Boucke









101 Boucke Building | 814.863.1248 | Contact the LGBTQA Student Resource Center