Get your new Trans Allyship Workbook!

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Almost 4 years ago we released Trans* Ally Workbook, which many of you have enjoyed. But things have changed, and you asked for more. So, here it is – revised, updated and expanded for 2017, the new Trans Allyship Workbook: Building Skills to Support Trans People in Our LivesOver 100 pages including –

  • New sections on intersectionality, singular they, and philosophies of allyship
  • Tips and “best practices” for the special allyship situations of parents, teachers, healthcare providers and therapists
  • Tons of new color illustrations
  • New activities – it really is a “workbook” – to help you deepen and practice your allyship skills

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Check out what community leaders have said about the book, and get yours here.

Please help spread the word by sharing this page with your friends on social media, gifting a book to a person or organization you know could use it, or encouraging your local independent bookstore to carry it!


What Can Cross-Class Dialogue Circles for Your Community?

Learn more about participating in upcoming Cross-Class Dialogue Circles in VT

Donate here to the upcoming Cross-Class Dialogue Circle in Brattleboro, VT

Contact Davey to talk about setting up a Cross-Class Dialogue Circle in your community

Cross-Class Dialogue Circles bring together a small group of people from a variety of class backgrounds to learn together about economic inequality, practice cross-class collaboration, and build genuine, transformative relationships. What can Cross-Class Dialogue Groups do for your community?


Think Again in the News about Girls’ Schools and Women’s Colleges

 

Check out Natalie Swartz’s article in the Harvard Political Review, Coming Out While Staying In: How Transgender Students Are Pushing Girls’ Schools to Examine Gender Policies. Natalie interviewed Think Again’s Davey Shlasko:

Shlasko believes schools must work to address their communities’ concerns about students’ biological sex, which may prompt questions like, “What does this mean? Does that mean there will be a girl who has a penis?” “There’s some important work that needs to be done around helping people who make these policy decisions get over their anxiety about that,” Shlasko says. “Girls are girls because they say they are and because that’s the gender identity that they know themselves to be.”

 

And, Sam Davis’s new film, In Our Own Words: On Being Trans at Smith, featuring interviews with Davey Shlasko and Think Again friend Tobias Davis. Sam says:

As society’s definition of who constitutes a gender-minority evolves, how do traditionally all-female colleges decide to or not to adapt? Over the span of one year, I interviewed up to 40 current Smith students and alumni who identify as trans and/or non-binary to create the first trans archive at Smith College. This film is a collection of footage from these interviews– it examines the relationship between Smith and their trans and non-binary students through the lens of one trans student. “In Our Own Words” asks– how do these trans students fit into Smith’s vision of “women for the world”? How are trans students supported or unsupported by the administration and their fellow students? This film explores erasure, hypervisibility, transphobia, views about trans students within all levels of the institution, and the ongoing debate of who does and does not “belong” at Smith.” 


Spring 2017 Cross-Class Dialogue Circle

IMG_3668 - Version 2May 7 & 21 and June 4 at The Root (28 Williams St., Brattleboro)

The time has never been better to talk about class. Cross-class dialogue circles are a powerful way for people across the class spectrum to come together to talk about their experiences with class, listen to each others’ stories and perspectives, and then to work together as change makers for economic justice. We held the concluding session of our most recent Circle just a few days after the election.

Cross-Class Dialogue Circles bring together community members with a diversity of class experiences, ranging from being homeless to staying in 5 star resorts and everything in between. Our goals in meeting together are to better understand class as part of an economic system and our own experience with class and how it shows up in our daily life and communication (including how class intersects with race, gender, disability, and so on), to learn and share practical tools for contributing to economic justice, and to build stronger community ties for economic justice. We meet these goals with courage, depth, humor, and sincerity.

Childcare and transportation available, light refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible. Fragrance free.

How do I get involved?

The dialogue circle is funded through a cost-sharing process: In the last session, through structured reflection and conversation, each person will decide how they should contribute to the cost of the program, through personal contributions, fundraising efforts, and/or donation of time/skills. In past circles, contributions have ranged from $0-$1000 and 0-30 hours of work. You will decide the contribution that feels right to you.


Winter Cross-Class Dialogue Circle

 

IMG_3668 - Version 2Feb 4 & 18 and March 11 – 9am-3pm at The Root

The time has never been better to talk about class. Cross-class dialogue circles are a powerful way for people across the class spectrum to come together to talk about their experiences with class, listen to each others’ stories and perspectives, and then to work together as change makers for economic justice. We held the concluding session of our most recent Circle just a few days after the election.

an intimate group of people, casually dressed, talking in pairs during a recent dialogue circleCross-Class Dialogue Circles bring together community members with a diversity of class experiences, ranging from being homeless to staying in 5 star resorts and everything in between. Our goals in meeting together are to better understand class as part of an economic system and our own experience with class and how it shows up in our daily life and communication (including how class intersects with race, gender, disability, and so on), to learn and share practical tools for contributing to economic justice, and to build stronger community ties for economic justice. We meet these goals with courage, depth, humor, and sincerity.5 people in casual discussion circle: a white man seated on the floor listening, a Latino man speaking and gesturing, a white woman with a baby listening, a white person gesturing and asking a question

Winter 2017 Cross-Class Dialogue Circle will meet for 3 Saturdays – Feb 4 & 18 and March 11 – 9am-3pm at The Root

Childcare and transportation available, light refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible. Fragrance free.

How do I get involved?

 

The dialogue circle is funded through a cost-sharing process: In the last session, through structured reflection and conversation, each person will decide how they should contribute to the cost of the program, through personal contributions, fundraising efforts, and/or donation of time/skills. In past circles, contributions have ranged from $0-$1000 and 0-30 hours of work. You will decide the contribution that feels right to you.


Starting the School Year Off Right

collage of images: Davey speaking on a stage in front of 600 new students

Think Again has been busy busy busy helping schools and colleges start the year off right with social justice and trans inclusion trainings for students, staff and faculty at Mt Holyoke, LREI – Little Red School House and Elizabeth Irwin Academy, Hampshire College, Germantown Academy, UMass Amherst Intergroup Dialogue program, Babson College, and more.

cover image for Trans* Ally Workbook

 

 

To celebrate the new school year – and support trans students who might be put in a position of having to educate their roommates, professors, etc. –  Trans* Ally Workbook is on sale! Buy one / get one when you order a print copy from a .edu address, through September 16. (No code needed – we’ll see the .edu and know to send you an extra.)

 

 

5 people in casual discussion circle: a white man seated on the floor listening, a Latino man speaking and gesturing, a white woman with a baby listening, a white person gesturing and asking a question

 

We’re looking forward to a new Cross-Class Dialogue Circle in Brattleboro – this time, structured as 2 full-day sessions (some weeks apart) to accommodate a variety of work schedules. Sign up by October 11!

 

And of course, we’ree now booking for fall and winter – get in touch now to discuss a training/consulting package to help your organization take your social justice commitment to the next level.


Spring Updates

 

Sign up now for Queer Theory, Queer Practice: Queering Social Work. Saturday, June 18 at Smith School for Social Work, Northampton MA.Licensed social workers can earn 6 CE credits. Register here.

 

What’s new? 
So much! Here’s a snapshot of Think Again’s work since January:

  • Keynoted a student staff orientation at Iowa State University, with a talk on Acting Accountably in a Context of Oppression
  • Rocked the annual staff meeting of a regional workforce development agency with a day-long session on understanding privilege and oppression, with a focus on gender and disability
  • Continued the community-based Cross-Class Dialogue Circles here in Brattleboro with ACT for Social Justice
  • Brought trans inclusion and gender justice trainings to about a dozen organizations – a national healthcare advocacy group, three K-12 schools, two colleges, professional conferences for educators and therapists, and more

 

Booking
We are mostly booked through July, but we could maybe squeeze something in depending on the topic and timing. Get in touch now to inquire about training, assessment, and other consulting services for fall. We currently have trainers based in the Northeast and Midwest. We’re always glad to travel to you, and some services can be provided remotely.

2016 with Think Again

What’s new?
This fall took Think Again all over the Northeast:

  • training dozens of staff, faculty, students and advocates at Hamilton College
  • training student leaders at Syracuse University
  • helping to launch a trans* inclusion task force at a K-12 independent school for girls
  • facilitating community-based Cross-Class Dialogues here in Brattleboro with Angela of ACT for Social Justice

 

Plus, check out Davey’s new article “Using the Five Faces of Oppression to Teach About Interlocking Systems of Oppression”

 
What’s next?

We are booked through January, and booking now for February through May. Get in touch now to inquire about training, assessment, and other consulting services. We’re always glad to travel to you, and some services can also be provided remotely.[Drawing of 3 people; one says 'He was saying that too!' while another looks down and away.]

 
Winter Sale
Do your new year’s resolutions include getting your friend, colleague, relative or client’s pronouns right? Should they? (Did you know that New York City now officially defines mis-gendering as discrimination?) Trans* Ally Workbook is on sale through January. Get it, use it, share it with a friend!

2nd Cross Class Dialogue Circle Starts Soon!

at The Root Social Justice Center, Brattleboro Vermont
Oct 7th, 14th, 21st  &  Nov 11th, 18th  &  Dec 2, 6-8:30pm

Please join us if you are interested in learning more about economic inequality, your own personal relationship to class, how to communicate effectively about class, and how to work for economic justice.

Facilitated by Davey Shlasko of Think Again and Angela Berkfield of ACT for Social Justice

Details for participants:

  • We recommend attending all of the dates, and require attendance at the first session and at least 4 sessions.
  • The cost is determined through a group cost-sharing process.
  • Space is limited to 12 people.
  • Please fill out this Application to participate.  Due September 18th.

If you support this project, but are not able to participate – please consider donating. We still need to raise about $1,500 to cover costs for this class. Visit our Fundraising page. 

For more information about Cross Class Dialogue Circles click here.
Email info@act4socialjustice.com or call 802-254-3400 with any questions.


Comparing Women’s College Trans Policies

With several women‘s colleges making news lately by releasing new policies on transgender students, wouldn’t it be helpful to see how the different policies measure up? Think Again has created this handout showing similarities and differences across the colleges in terms of admission of trans women, trans men, and people with nonbinary gender identities, retention of students who transition once enrolled, and criteria for documenting gender in the admissions process. Check it out, and let us know how you find it useful!