Diversity Training

Community Connect is a distinctive diversity training program which has a reputation for bringing the best, most effective workshops, trainers, and curriculum to social work providers, clinicians, and educators to enhance the levels of service for the LGBT and HIV positive communities.

All Training can be modified to the needs of the population and prices are negotiable. There are small fees associated with our training. Please contact our COO, Elizabeth Schedl at elizabeth@hudsonpride.org or 201-963-4779 ext. 110 for information about fees, or to set up a training.


Audience: All
Workshop Title:
Understanding Sexuality

The purpose of this workshop is to help people understand the basics of sexuality, the terms “lesbian”, “gay”, “bisexual”, “transgender”, “heterosexual” among others, as well as how these categories are “defined”. The workshop begins by explaining the basic stages of sexual development regarding the general physical, cognitive and emotional events we undergo as we mature. It also discusses the four different components that makeup sexuality: genetic sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.


Audience: School Administrators, Social Service Staff, Teachers & Other Faculty & Staff
Workshop Title:
LGBTQ Youth & Cyberbullying (Homophobia in 140 Characters or Less: The Impact of Cyber Bullying on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth)

The recent spate of suicides among gay teens, tweens, and young adults has heightened awareness about the harmful and potentially deadly effects of bullying. This dynamic and interactive training will provide an introduction to the issue of bullying, especially in its 21st-century incarnation of “cyberbullying”, and its impact on sexual minority youth. The training will detail the roles of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutionalized heterosexism and homophobia in fueling the culture of fear and cultural insensitivity that lead to harassment in its various forms. It will also highlight the resultant emotional, mental and physical health implications for sexual minority youth as well as provide strategies on how to create a supportive environment for all youth.


Audience: High School Peer Leaders
Workshop Title:
Becoming the A in “LGBTQA”

Youth are often oblivious to the needs and plight of their peers. This interactive youth-targeted workshop provides a safe space for youth to discuss and learn about discrimination with a specific focus on the LGBTQ community. Workshop participants will learn about the various components that make up sexuality along with how homophobia and heterosexism affect their fellow students. This workshop is intended to help start a dialogue about sexuality and sexual minorities in an attempt to empower youth to create a safer school environment.


Audience: Parents & Guardians
Workshop Title:
Understanding (My) LGBTQ Youth

Parents, even those who are willing, often are unaware of the complexities and hardships of their children being sexual minorities. This interactive workshop provides an opportunity for parents to learn about sexuality, and the physical, mental and social health issues disproportionately affecting LGBTQ youth. The workshop will also talk about discrimination, homophobia and heterosexism and the impact it has on LGBTQ youth.


Audience: School Administrators, Educators, Social, Mental and Health Providers
Workshop Title:
LGBT Health

Intended for social and health providers, this training discusses the social, mental, physical and sexual health trends among the LGBTQ community. It is aimed at making service providers aware of the various health issues disproportionately affecting the LGBTQ community. Clinicians also receive strategies for identifying and addressing mental health issues within their programming.

Audience: School Administrators, Educators, Social, Mental and Health Providers
Workshop Title:
Cultural Competency

This workshop helps educational, social and medical providers improve their services for the LGBTQ community. The workshop addresses the impact of privilege and power when accessing and receiving services. The workshop also discusses heterosexism and homophobia and the various forms in which they manifest in the personal and professional realms, and how it impacts the quality of services provided. The workshop concludes with strategies on how to create safe spaces for the LGBT community and how to make services more inclusive of the population.


Audience: Juvenile Detention Staff
Workshop Title:
Protecting LGBTQ Youth in State Care

This workshop targets staff and providers serving youth that are in state custody either through the foster care system or through juvenile detention. In addition to helping staff to understand sexuality, this workshop also addresses the risks that LGBTQ youth often face when they’re in care including physical, mental and social health issues. The workshop also discusses the legal rights of the youth and provides strategies to create a safer space for LGBT youth in care.


Additional workshops are constantly being added. Please contact us if you have a need that is not listed here.

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