Reading Rainbows: A Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Series

Reading Rainbows gives faculty and staff a space to engage with difficult yet important discussions about identity.

In spring 2019, staff from the LGBTQIA Resource Center will facilitate three workshops, each focused on a different diversity and inclusion topic.

As space in the workshops is limited, please only RSVP for the workshops that you plan to attend. You can attend as many or as few as you wish. Feel free to bring your lunch. All workshops take place in the LGBTQIA Resource Center.


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Spring 2019

Disability: Creating Access in Your Events, Programs, and Services
Tuesday, 26 February - 12-1pm
This year, the LGBTQIA Resource Center conducted a comprehensive accessibility review of its programs. In this brown bag session, Center director, Aby Parsons, will share strategies that campus colleagues can use to make sure their programs, services, and events are as accessible as possible. Topics will include transgender inclusion, accommodating dietary restrictions, reviewing presentations and handouts, creating accessible space layouts, and writing accessibility statements for event communications.


Class: The Neoliberal University and Its Impact on Low-Income Students
Tuesday, 26 March - 12-1pm
As a brief precursor, neoliberalism is the idea that society should be shaped by the free market and the economy should be deregulated and privatized. This workshop will focus on demystifying what neoliberalism is and how neoliberalism infiltrates educational systems. To understand one of the impacts of neoliberalism, the group will examine ways in which low(er) income students are disproportionately affected by neoliberal policies and practices, such as the language of “educational choice” and private companies providing key resources only to certain institutions.


Race: Cultural Appropriation
Tuesday, 16 April - 12-1pm

In this workshop, Aby and Camilla will break down the difference between cultural appropriation versus cultural appreciation, discuss why appropriation is harmful to people of color and indigenous peoples, and share strategies for recognizing and addressing appropriation.



Accessibility Information

All Reading Rainbows meetings take place in the LGBTQIA Resource Center in the Smithgall Student Services Building. The entrances by the Ferst Center and Parking Area 2 are accessible. The Center is right across the hall from an ADA-compliant and gender-inclusive restroom. 

Participants will be seated around a table or in a circle or in rows depending on whether the session is discussion-based or workshop-based. All furniture can be moved easily, and Center staff will be available to move tables and chairs to create access for participants. None of our chairs have arms.

For group readings: We post these readings as pdfs online at the start of the semester. Please notify us if you find a reading is not screen-reader compatible or if you would like us to provide a large-print hard copy in advance.

For workshops: The formats vary between workshops but may include Powerpoint slides, videos, handouts, and discussions. Please notify us in advance if you would like to receive a digital or large print copy of the slides and handouts or if you need the videos to be captioned or transcribed.