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Professional Development, University Extended Education, California State University, Fullerton
Understanding and Addressing LGBT and Gender-Based Bullying

Understanding and Addressing LGBT and Gender-Based Bullying

Cost: $210

Required textbook: Gender, Bullying, and Harassment: Strategies to End Sexism and Homophobia in Schools by Elizabeth Meyer (Paperback, approximate cost: $25)

The causes and effects of bullying and harassment within school cultures and students' lives have changed significantly over the last several years. This course will teach participants about the underlying dynamics of bullying, what can be learned about a school’s climate by paying close attention to these dynamics and, ways to insure a healthy and vital school environment. This course is designed specifically for school administrators, staff and teachers but will also give parents and students the information they need to partner with their schools on this important issue.

Cal State Fullerton's 1-unit dynamic online course offers insights and practical tools to understand and address bullying. Using a multimedia approach, students will have access to stories of teachers and administrators who have successfully addressed bullying; interviews with students and former students; unique videos featuring experts from the fields of Psychology, the Law, Education, Sociology and Gender Studies; along with a broad range of readings.

Professional Development credits earned: 1

Next course offering is Fall 2015: Register Now!

Non-California Residents

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Carolyn O'Keefe, Psy.D.

Course Instructor
Senior Staff Psychologist, University of California, Irvine

Carolyn O'Keefe

Dr. O’Keefe is a licensed clinical psychologist whose primary interests include working with LGBTQ populations, suicide prevention, and training and education. She currently is a senior staff psychologist at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) where she works as a clinical psychologist in their Counseling Center. Among her many duties at UCI, she is a primary supervisor in their American Psychological Association accredited internship program, she serves as the liaison for the UCI School of Law, as the advisor of the Counseling Center’s LGBTQ Mentoring Program, and she has served as a member of the university-wide Transgender Task Force. In 2012, she was privileged to serve as the counselor in residence for the inaugural “T-Camp,” which is an annual weekend retreat for transgender identified college students who attend both public and private colleges and universities across the state of California. In 2013, Dr. O’Keefe was recognized as one of two Diversity Scholars for the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies, and as a result of this recognition, she was invited to speak on mentoring LGBTQ university students at their annual conference.

Dr. O’Keefe received her M.A. and her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University, where her dissertation focused on mentoring of LGBTQ university students. Dr. O’Keefe also worked for many years as a musician in southern California having received a Bachelor’s of Music in trumpet performance at California State University, Long Beach, and an M.F.A. and D.M.A. in trumpet performance at the University of California, Los Angeles.

James Gilliam

James Gilliam is the deputy executive director of the ACLU of Southern California ("ACLU/SC"). He manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and also directs its LGBT Rights Project and its Seth Walsh Student Rights Project, an anti-bullying project the ACLU/SC recently launched.

Gilliam is also an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, where he teaches seminars regarding Sexual Orientation and the Law and Public Interest Law Practice. He frequently speaks and conducts trainings on LGBT issues, particularly LGBTQ student rights.

In 2007 Gilliam became the most junior attorney ever to receive Loyola Law School's Pro Bono Alumni of the Year Award for his pro bono work. Gilliam has served co-chair of the Sexual Orientation Bias Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is a member of the Project Board for the Los Angeles Public Interest Law Journal. In 2010, the National LGBT Bar Association—on whose Board of Directors Gilliam previously served—named him one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. Gilliam was among the inaugural class of individuals who were recognized by KCET in 2011 as Local Heroes for LGBT Pride Month. In 2012, the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles will honor Gilliam with the organization's Co-President's Award.

Links of Interest

Judy Chiasson

In her position with the Los Angeles Unified School District—the second largest district in the country—Dr. Judy Chiasson works directly with teachers, in classrooms, and in communities, to stop bullying, teach conflict resolution, and create safe and affirming schools. She is considered an expert the new ground-breaking law, SB 48, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education, or FAIR Education Act. The new law refers to the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in future California textbooks.

Links of Interest

Listen to a recent NPR interview:
What's Life Like For Gay Kids In Public Schools?

Ronni Sanlo

Dr. Ronni Sanlo is an internationally known scholar on the topic of creating and maintaining safe and inclusive school campuses. She recently retired as a UCLA Senior Associate Dean of Students and Professor and Director of the UCLA Masters of Education in Student Affairs, and Faculty-in-Residence. Formerly, Ronni was the director of the UCLA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center, the University of Michigan LGBT Center, and an HIV epidemiologist in Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, and a master’s and doctorate in education from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL.

Ronni has presented many workshops and seminars about LGBT issues for companies, campuses, and organizations. She facilitates strategic planning workshops with organizations, companies, campuses, and student affairs divisions, and teaches strategic planning techniques to her graduate students. Ronni lives in Palm Desert, CA, where she rides around in her purple golf cart and plays “rotten but passionate” golf. Learn more about Ronni Sanlo and her published works: www.ronnisanlo.com

Sheila Kuehl

Sheila James Kuehl served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly, and, in 2008, left the legislature under California's term limits statute. During the 1997-98 legislative session, she was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly. She is also the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California Legislature. A former pioneering civil rights attorney and law professor, Sen. Kuehl represented the 23rd Senate District in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. She is currently the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College, co-author of " Safe At School: Addressing the School Environment and LGBT Safety through Policy and Legislation", co-trainer for the Institute for Elected Women: California and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs.

In her fourteen years in the State Legislature, Sen. Kuehl authored 171 bills that were signed into law, including legislation to establish paid family leave, establish the rights contained in Roe vs. Wade in California statute, overhaul California’s child support services system; establish nurse to patient ratios in every hospital; require that housing developments of more than 500 units have identified sources of water; further protect domestic violence victims and their children; prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender and disability in the workplace and sexual orientation in education; increase the rights of crime victims; safeguard the environment and drinking water; and many, many others. Learn more about Sheila Kuehl: www.sheilakuehl.org

Kris Beals

Dr. Beals has spent the last decade studying the effects of stigma as it manifests in conjunction with sexual orientation and gender identity. Her research includes the effects of coming out to family and friends on the well-being of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals; the role of social support, cognitive processing, and suppression in managing stigma and well-being and, most recently, the effects of California's ballot initiative, Proposition 8, on LGBT individuals and relationships. Her work is funded by an Individual National Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Karyl Ketchum

Dr. Ketchum is the passion behind development of this unique online course. Her family has first-hand experience with cyberbullying and she has been an active voice for establishing a bully-free environment in schools ever since. With the help of Research Assistants, Michelle Rouse and Jamie Lynne Hunt, she designed the course around a series of multi-media video components. This format allows for the inclusion of the voices and stories of real people who have been affected by bullying and, those who are now working to end bullying in schools. Ketchum speaks across the country on the topic of bullying based on gender identity and sexual identity and, on the role of technology in schools and in youth culture. Her article, "New Media Requires New Paradigms: Understanding the Hyper-Mediated 21st Century School Yard," is included in the course section on cyberbullying.

Dr. Ketchum received her M.A. (with Distinction) and her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis. Her research emphasis is on critical and theoretical analysis of technology and new media, specifically focusing on representations of race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation.

In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Ketchum serves on the Orange County Equality Coalition's Executive Board of Directors and the Chapman International Center for Feminist and LGBTQ Studies.

Read more about Dr. Ketchum here: http://hss.fullerton.edu/womens/faculty/faculty/k_ketchum.aspx

Read about Dr. Ketchum's family's experiences with cyberbullying:
NY Times: Settlement Reached in California High School 'Rent' Case
OC Weekly: ACLU Announces Settlement of Suit Tied to Corona Del Mar High's Production of "Rent"

Bully Free

Each module has a multimedia component, selected readings and a writing assignment.

What is Bullying and Who are Bullies?
  • Identify the characteristics of a child who bullies
  • Acknowledge the predictors of bullying behavior
  • Understand the psychological and social dynamics of bullying behaviors
  • Become familiar with three case studies that will be used throughout the course
The Underlying Dynamics of Bullying
  • Understand the effects of bullying behavior on school culture
  • Gain insight into the role of gender and sexuality in bullying
  • Understand the relationship between misogyny and homophobia
  • Acknowledge the differences between bullying and cyberbullying
Creating Bully-Free Campus Cultures
  • Recognize the characteristics of bully-resistant campuses
  • Recognize the characteristics of at-risk school cultures
  • Acknowledge the role and meaning of "difference" within school cultures
  • Identify effective strategies for responding to children who demonstrate bullying behaviors
Legal Matters: Bullying, Education Code, and Legal Precedent
  • Understand how bullying is discussed in education codes in both California and on the federal level
  • Gain insight into three precedent setting legal cases in regard to bullying
  • Recognize the role and responsibility of public educators regarding bullying
  • Identify trends within education codes concerning bullying and cyberbullying
Responding to the Needs of Transgender Students and Understanding the New California Laws that Protect Them
  • Who are transgender and gender-non-conforming, or gender-creative, students?
  • What do California educators and parents need to know about the School Success and Opportunity Act (SSOA) that comes into effect 1/1/14 offering new protections for transgender and gender-non-conforming students?
  • Meet transgender students and their families through video testimonials
  • Hear success stories of schools that already comply with these new laws
  • IKnowSchoolLaws.com
    Starting July 1, 2012 California law offers greater protection for LGBTQ students. These changes
    include the requirement that school employees act immediately when bullying takes place, that every bullying complaint must be processed in a very specific way, that schools must also address cyberbullying and, if a school doesn’t provide the proper protection, students have new options for transferring to a new school district.
  • ACLU's Seth Walsh Student Rights Project
    The mission of this project is to stop unlawful bullying and harassment in California schools
    and to create school communities that promote safety and respect for all students.
  • Raising My Rainbow - Adventures in raising a fabulously gender creative son
    This website is the first "Mommy Blog" to chronicle the daily joys, struggles and, sometimes, embarrassments that go along with raising a gender nonconforming child.
  • GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
    GLSEN provides resources and support for schools to implement effective and age-appropriate
    anti-bullying programs to improve school climate for all students.
  • PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
    PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
  • OCEC (Orange County Equality Coalition)
    The Orange County Equality Coalition is made up of a diverse group of individuals who are united by their belief in marriage equality and their desire to effect positive change in their community.
Published Works

About the Program

Amanda Lopez

Program Guide