UW-River Falls to host workshop on understanding the transgender experience

April 15, 2019—The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will host “Growing Up Transgender” on Wednesday, June 12, in partnership with UW-Eau Claire. The day-long workshop is designed for professionals who play a role in caring for and advocating for transgender youth.
Using an interactive approach, participants will explore the difference between sex and gender from a biological and cultural standpoint, the transgender legal landscape, and other challenges that transgender youth face.
“The transgender experience is just one facet of the often-misunderstood LGBTQ community, and one that can be challenging to navigate,” said UW-River Falls Program Manager Angela Whitaker. “This workshop aims to provide a safe space for discussion and exploration, culminating in an understanding that will benefit individuals working in counseling, law enforcement, education, clergy, health care, and beyond. Participants will leave with knowledge and skills they can immediately apply to their work.”
Workshop instructors are Christopher Jorgenson, the director of the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at UW-Eau Claire; and Alexandra Hall, MD, a family physician with extensive experience in transgender medical care. Attendees can expect lively discussion, engaging activities and enlightening takeaways that are intrinsic to the transgender experience.
The registration fee of $159 includes instruction, course materials, light refreshments and lunch. After May 1, fees increase to $189. Participants can earn .65 continuing education units (6.5 contact hours). For details and to register, email, call 715-425-3261, or go online to
The UWRF Continuing Education office provides lifelong learners with academic, professional development and enrichment programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and online registration information is available at, by calling 715-425-3256, 1-800-228-5607 or by sending an email to


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