Family Employee Resource Group: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2024 | Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm | Location: Virtual – Zoom

Event Description

Join us for a webinar aimed at parents, caregivers, educators, and allies who want to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ youth. Led by parents and experts in LGBTQIA+ advocacy, this webinar will provide valuable insights and practical strategies to address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ kids and teens.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover strategies to support their emotional wellbeing. 
  • Understand the significance of celebrating and affirming LGBTQIA+ identities.
  • Here from others about how they have been successful in supporting LGBTQIA+ youth in their lives. 

About the Speaker: Kevin M. McFatridge

I am a proud father of my son, Eclipse, and a rambunctious Siberian Husky, Max; and, happily married to Jennifer for nearly 30 years. Born and raised in rural Indiana, we moved to Colorado in 2023 by way of New York, Illinois, and Michigan, settling in the Denver Metropolitan Area. I am the Executive Director for the Colorado Healing Fund, a non-profit organization that assists local communities with the financial, emotional, and physical needs of victims of mass tragedies that occur in the state of Colorado; and on the Board of Directors for Stand with Trans, a nonprofit organization that provides resources for trans and non-binary youth. I am also an ultra marathoner who may be seen running most days.

About the Speaker: Natosha Thomas

Natasha Thomaa is the facilitator of the Michigan Youth Racial Equity Council (MYREC) at the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Health (MOASH). MYREC is an initiative where young people between the ages of 13-24 are paid to receive the education, support, opportunities, and resources necessary to become leaders and advocates addressing important issues at the intersection of racial justice, sexual health education and services, and reproductive justice. In addition to her role with MYREC, Natasha trains staff and administrators at schools and youth-serving organizations on how to cultivate safe, inclusive, and affirming environments for LGBTQIA+ youth. Natasha is also a writer whose work has been featured in various publications. For more information, visit her website at www.natashathomasonline.com.

About the Speaker: Jaimie Hutchison

Jaimie Hutchison is the Director of the WorkLife Office at Michigan State University, supporting MSU’s recruitment and retention of a high performing workforce and the wellbeing of a diverse community of over 13,000 staff and scholars. Jaimie and her team contribute to the development of MSU’s policies and special initiatives, and the office oversees MSU’s University-wide work-life strategies. The office administers a range of programs for faculty, staff, academic staff, and postdocs, including those focused on workplace wellbeing, workplace flexibility, dependent care, family support, workplace culture, career development, and leadership. Jaimie has worked for 25 years as a leader, therapist, consultant, director, supervisor, trainer, mentor, and administrator. In addition to her work-life role, she is also a Co-Owner of Team Hutch Consulting, LLC. Jaimie is highly engaged with the local community and has volunteered over 10,000 hours.