Description of Event:
Despite growing concerns in recent years over the plight of queer students in American schools, efforts to make schools more responsive to the needs of queer youth continue to fall short of queer-inclusive sexual health education. The limited access to sex education in public schools persists as the stakes surrounding queer sexual health have intensified, especially for subpopulations like Black queer and trans youth. This presentation will draw upon findings from multiple scholarly projects to explore how Black queer youth engage in pedagogical acts that nurture their sexual agency, and it will consider how K-12 educators and teacher educators can support Black-identified and other queer youth in ways that are culturally responsive and socially just.
Biography of Dr. Ed Brockenbrough:
Dr. Ed Brockenbrough is an associate professor and the inaugural Calvin Bland Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) in Philadelphia, PA, where he teaches courses on diversity and social justice issues in education to future K-12 educators. His research focuses on negotiations of identity, pedagogy, and power in urban educational spaces, particularly through the lenses of Black masculinity studies and queer of color critique. He is the author of Black Men Teaching in Urban Schools: Reassessing Masculinity (Routledge, 2018) and the editor of the forthcoming Black Queerness In and Out of Schools: Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Across Educational Contexts (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).
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