LGBTQ+ Positive Space Webinar Series


OCASI defines Positive Spaces as welcoming environments where LGBTQ+ newcomers are able to access culturally inclusive services with dignity and respect, and where service providers can work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  The Council believes that in order to create welcoming environments, awareness and education is necessary; and its latest webinars on access, equity, and anti-oppression aims to do just that.
Starting in December, a two-part webinar series will increase your organization's capacity to respectfully and effectively serve LGBTQ+ newcomers, to meet your legal obligations as service providers under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and to achieve the Organizational Standards Initiative's Access & Equity benchmarks. 
Part one of the series, Building LGBTQ+ Newcomer Positive Spaces: An Introduction, begins on 
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.   In this session, you will learn:
  • Basic terminology / respectful language 
  • Issues and barriers commonly experienced by LGBTQ+ newcomers
  • Elements of a Positive Space - what it is, what it looks like, and why it is important 
Part two of the series, A Systems Approach to Positive Spaces: Human Rights, Policy, and Leadership, begins on Monday, December 16, 2013 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.   In this second session, you will learn:
  • Human rights legislation at the provincial, federal, and international levels
  • Legal obligations as service providers under the Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Tools for organizational self-assessment
  • Leadership in the change process
  • Addressing resistance to change
  • Policy tips