Become an ally. Learn the skills you need to create a SafeZone or take other actions, to help all people feel safe, supported and welcomed, particularly members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
You will explore microaggressive and discriminatory behavior; learn to use inclusive language, gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of sexual identity; and learn about different ways that you, as an individual or part of a group, can become an effective ally and SafeZone proponent.
Can be taken individually or as part of the Diversity Certificate Program.
October 27, 2022
Who can benefit:
- Workplace Administrators, Managers, and Supervisors
- Workplace Human Resource Personnel
- Workplace Employees and Staff
- Principals, Teachers, Teacher Assistants and Aides, Pre-K through College
- Individuals in the Public Health, Nursing, Counseling, and Medical Fields
- First Responders, Law Enforcement, Emergency Management Personnel
- Social Development Advocates
- Any individual in the business, education, social work, and civil society communities.
Laura Harding, J.D.
Laura Harding, J.D. is an attorney who has joined the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) in Washington, DC as the Director of Strategic Initiatives in August 2019. Her work centers on working across District agencies to lead and coordinate high priority initiatives to ensure and support the academic success and support of DC K-12 students. Laura is also the co-chair of the DME’s Racial Justice & Equity Team where she is responsible for developing curriculum and professional development content and opportunities for the Office. Prior to joining the DME, Ms. Harding worked in the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Equity and Access to ensure that underrepresented students receive access to high quality educational opportunities. A graduate of Adelphi University, The University of Chicago, and Howard University School of Law, Laura has spent 20 years working as a social worker, published author, adjunct professor, and education administrator in Chicago, New York City and the District of Columbia. In keeping with the Howard University School of Law’s social engineering philosophy, Ms. Harding has a small civil practice that includes her personal mission to inform Black and Latinx communities about the necessity of estate planning. Laura is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. which she joined at Adelphi, volunteers as a mentor at her high school alma mater, Brooklyn Tech, and was a former leader of Adelphi University’s Multicultural Alumni Association.