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Critical Conversation Series Online

This 4-part Critical Conversation Series will take place bi-weekly via Zoom. Please see the discussion topics below. 

Series #1: Dismantling Islamophobia on Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Series #2: Anti Black Racism on Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Series #3: LGBTQ2+ on Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Series #4: Minoritized Parents in Education on Wednesday, August 11, 2021


Series #3: LGBTQ2+

Please join us virtually for our third of 4 critical conversation series. 


This third session is Series #3: LGBTQ2+ on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

Positive attitudes towards the LGBTQ2+ community have increased over the past decades; however, we have a long way to go in creating safer and more accepting schools, communities, and societies for 2SLGBTQ2+. Please join us in this space for a critical conversation to learn and unlearn about the theoretical, practical, and intersectionality of LGBTQ2+.


Moderated by Dr. Patricia Briscoe, we welcome two panelists: Lindsay Cavanaugh and Jenny Kassen.

Lindsay Cavanaugh is a cisgender queer femme chronically-ill white settler educator, researcher, and poet, with Irish, British, and French ancestry. Currently, she lives and works on Dish with One Spoon Land in Tkaranto as a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Lindsay researches educational futurities with femme youth and educators. She grew up on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of the Thames, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Munsee Delware Nation and has lived on the territories of Esquimalt, Songhees, Tsawout, W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), Pauquachin, MÁLEXEŁ (Malahat), and Tseycum First Nations as well as on the lands of North Spirit First Nation. She has worked as a high school teacher with the Victoria District School Board, Maria Montessori Academy and Keewaytinook Okimakanak School Board as well as with a number of organizations, such as the ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives, Victoria Pride Society’s Youth Leadership Council, The University of Victoria’s Centre for Accessible Learning, BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education, and Royal BC Museum. Lindsay is passionate about critical and compassionate anti-oppressive teaching that is trauma-informed.


Jenny Kassen (they/them/their) is a white, nonbinary educator and researcher based in London, Ontario on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron peoples. Jenny is a Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Education at the Western University and their research focuses on the experience of trans and gender diverse youth accessing mental health support in Ontario secondary schools.  In addition to this work, they are a sessional instructor in Western’s Teacher Education program, a secondary school teacher focusing on Alternative Education, and an illustrator specializing in translating research findings into visual narratives. 

Related LibGuide: Faculty Development by Rachael Rossi

Dates & Times:
3:30pm - 4:45pm, Wednesday, June 30, 2021
3:30pm - 4:45pm, Wednesday, July 14, 2021
3:30pm - 4:45pm, Wednesday, July 28, 2021
3:30pm - 4:45pm, Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Registration has closed. (This event has to be booked as part of a series)

Event Organizer

Rachael Rossi

Dr. Rachael Rossi provides faculty with instructional support and professional development, assessment, mentoring opportunities, and research initiatives. Her office is VINI 304 and she can be reached at rrossi@niagara.edu.