Principles and Objectives
- To build organizational, agency, and corporate business capacity to better serve LGBT2SQ+ colleagues and clients
- To increase awareness about issues related to the health and wellbeing faced by LGBT2SQ+ individuals and their families
- Develop and provide resources that encourage individuals to further develop their capacity to serve the LGBT2SQ+ community.
Rainbow Resource Centre’s education delivery is framed and utilizes Transformative Learning Theory (Mezirow, 1991). The theory emphasizes experiential learning, critical thinking, understanding and empathy, and self-managed learning. This approach builds on the idea that impactful and meaningful change happens when awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and skills are engaged.
A variety of interactive tools are used to engage participants, including:
a. Icebreakers: An activity that invites participants to get to know and become more comfortable with one another.
b. Group Agreements: An activity that invites participants to name what conditions they need in order to fully participate in a workshop. Ex. confidentiality, acknowledge different viewpoints, etc.
c. Brainstorming: A technique used to generate ideas without judgment. In this activity, quantity is emphasized over quality.
d. Small and Large Group Discussions: An exploration of a topic, objective, concept, or experience. Learners generate and share their questions and ideas in small group and large group settings. Facilitators encourage and accept participants’ questions and comments without judgment and clarify understandings by paraphrasing difficult terms in order to stimulate the exchange of ideas.
The purpose of discussion is to:
- help participants make sense of the world in which they live
- stimulate thought, explanation, reflection and recall
- promote positive group interaction and conversation
- promote active listening
- reflect on their attitudes and behaviours
- identify opportunities for allyship
e. Activity Debriefing: Debriefing is a technique that allows participants to provide feedback on discussion. Participants can comment on ways in which their understanding and perspectives might have shifted, what was new to them, and how they felt about the discussion. It is important to note that regardless of what topics are discussed, a debrief occurs in order for participants to achieve proper closure on the subject.