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WIU and QC Graduate Center to Host LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Event June 7

May 13, 2024

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - Western Illinois University in collaboration with the Quad Cities Graduate Center will host a "How to Foster LGBTQ+ Inclusivity, Building Safe Spaces at Work and in Schools," event from noon-3 p.m. Friday, June 7 on the Quad Cities campus in Building C, room 2406.

"I'm excited to offer this professional development opportunity to WIU-QC in partnership with Chase Norris, the Executive Director of Clock, Inc., who is also an alumni of the Counselor Education program," WIU Counselor Education Assistant Director Haley Wikoff said. "This continues to help us engage in critical conversations around creating safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals here at WIU and in the community at large."

The purpose of this event is to ensure LGBTQ+ individuals feel safe and supported in schools and the community. All individuals benefit when others understand their experiences and the impact society has on their mental health. All interested are encouraged to attend and learn about ways to create a safe and inclusive environment in your workplace or classroom.

WIU Counselor Education and College Student Personnel Assistant Professor Haley D. Wikoff and executive director of Clock Inc. Chase Norris will be the presenters of the event.

This training is designed for licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical professional counselors, licensed mental health counselors, school counselors, school social workers, clinical social workers, and other professionals.

This training offers attendees continuing education credit for counselors, as WIU-QC is recognized by the National Board of Continuing Education for National Certified Counselors. The activity is approved for three contact hours.

The objective of this event is to have active participation in professional development workshops; all attendees will learn LGBTQ+ terminology and describe the differences between sexual identity and gender identity, relate to the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals in workplaces and schools and reflect on how privileges can impact societal experiences and identifying acknowledgment, affirmation and advocacy strategies for creating an inclusive environment.

To register for the event, visit

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