Programs & Keynotes

J’Lissabeth Faughn offers a wide range of programs related to race, gender, politics, and culture. The following are a few of the presentations she offers. All programs can be tailored to the needs of your campus.

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 4.25.32 PM Beyond Diversity Towards Inclusion: And Life In The Fishbowl – In this interactive workshops, participants will examine aspects of their own identity and how different each participant’s perspective of their own, and others, identities, impacts the environments they work and learn in. Participants will engage in interactive activities, large and small group dialogue, and time for reflection. J’Lissabeth will also present habits, we all have, which hinder, rather than cultivate, dialogues on diversity and inclusion. Participants will engage in reflection on how they define their identities (gender, class, race, ethnicity, ability, spirituality, etc.) and how these identities shape their frame of reference. Participants will also be provided ways in which they allow themselves to deny privilege.


Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 4.26.09 PM

Body Image Dysphoria in the LGBTQ Community –  This workshop examines the prevalence of sizeism and its impact on members of the LGBTQ Community. Already alarming rates of eating disorders are on the rise, and we will look at the causes, including the queer community’s internal socialization of body image throughout our history. Participants will learn of eating disorders and body image dysphoria specifics in gay males, lesbian females, and transgender individuals and how it relates, and differs, from the dominant culture.



Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 6.30.47 PMSurrendering Privilege -Using humor and traditional story telling techniques, J’Lissabeth takes you on her personal journey of self-discovery as a transgender woman. Antidotes include her birth in to a military family, her upbringing in the rural south, years of activism, over 15 years of professional experience working in higher education, and the mentors and educators who shaped her knowledge of social justice and identity theory. Participants will gain an overview of transgender identity from the perspective of a male to female transsexual. In addition, participants will learn the ways sexism continues to be pervasive in society, and particularly, in institutions of higher education.


Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 6.54.19 PMTransgender Identity and Communities – What is transgender? Who is transgender? What does intersex mean? Are drag queens transgnder? Are transgender folks gay? This presentation provides an overview of transgender identity and the myriad of identities and communities the term transgender includes. J’Lissabeth will discuss the difference in biological sex and gender, in additional to the differences in sexual and gender identity. Participants will be provided an in depth definition of transgender, and the various identities which fall under the term transgender. Participants will also be provided an overview of the laws, policies and healthcare which currently protects, or discriminates against, members of the transgender community.


Domestic Abuse in the LGBTQ Community – This workshop, which has been presented to law enforcement agencies as well as an education workshop, examines domestic abuse and it’s commonalities and differences with heterosexual domestic abuse. Are laws and policies, at the local and national level, inclusive of the LGBTQ community, or do they hinder reporting? What does domestic abuse look like in the LGBTQ Community? Participants will examine their own bias which may hinder their understanding, and sometimes recognition, of domestic abuse in LGBTQ relationships.


Unlearning Homophobia – This interactive workshop, originally designed by mentor and friend Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld, encourages participants to examine their own (often unintended) bias and prejudices we’ve been taught about members of the LGBTQ Community. Participants will engage in small group discussion, large group discussion, and writing activities throughout the workshop. This is an excellent workshop for all spectrums of allies and identity – whether you are desiring to becoming an ally, or have been an activist and visible member of the LGBTQ community for years! Participants will engage in a series of self-reflection activities designed to unveil not only personal attitudes and beliefs, but the misrepresentation of the LGBTQ community we’ve been taught. Opportunities for discussion in addition to group dialogue on how to be better allies for, and within, the LGBTQ Community.


Creating Safe Environments for Transgender Individuals – This workshop provides an overview of Transgender Identity (similar to the Transgender Identity and Communities presentation) with the addition of interactive dialogue and activities. J’Lissabeth will highlight the changes in laws, policies and healthcare in governance and education. Participants will be provided resources and guidance how to make their environment – home, work, school, medical facility – more welcoming and inclusive to members of the transgender community. Participants will be provided an overview of what transgender means, and the myriad of complex identities which are included in this definition. Participants will explore their own ideas and sex and gender and create an action plan for creating inclusive practices and policies.


Dream Big and Quit Oppressing One Another! – This keynote, geared towards members of the LGBTQIPPMAA (ie Queer) community, highlights how systems of oppression (classism, sexism, racism, ableism, etc) are not only pervasive in our community, but prevent us from achieving success in our ambitions. J’Lissabeth uses antidotes and provides methods she’s used in working towards unity. The presentation concludes with J’Lissabeth’s personal “queer agenda” – her hopes, dreams and inspiration for the queer community. Participants will be challenged to think about how their own bias and prejudices have impacted their work and social relations within the Queer Community. J’Lissabeth also provides tools to inspire and motivate participants to work against systems of oppression, towards inclusion, and to achieve their personal and professional dreams.