SI Schedule

Click here to see our 2015 schedule-at-a-glance.

2015 Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 19, 2015

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Opening Breakfast and Introductions

Meet fellow participants and CREGS staff. Learn about CREGS, current projects, and a brief history of the Summer Institute.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Morning Session

Orientation & Definitions

Robin Darling 

This session will involve a review of the planned program, orient students to the space, and provide an overview the expectations. The group will also engage in a level-setting discussion about the theme, focus of the sessions, and a common set of definitions used in sexuality and gender research and education. This session will give students an introduction to the framework of the institute and allow them to more fully engage in the subsequent sessions.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM – Break


12:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch Session

From Treating Transsexualism to Promoting Transgender Health**

Lin Fraser, Ed.D., WPATH Immediate Past-President
Jamison Green, Ph.D., current WPATH President

The evolution of the transgender community and that of treatment protocols and professional perspectives are surprisingly interdependent. Dr. Green will present a brief overview of the community perspective, and Dr. Fraser, a founding member of HBIGDA (in 1979), which later became WPATH (in 2007), will present the history of the professional association that is responsible for international Standards of Care. Dr. Green will offer closing remarks on the importance of WPATH’s role in law and policy, as well as education, and will moderate the Q&A session in which students may ask questions of both presenters.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Break


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Afternoon Session

Understanding the Dimensions of Gender: Toward a more gender sensitive and inclusive environment**

Joel Baum, Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services for Gender Spectrum
Meredith Abrams, Program Coordinator for Gender Spectrum

What is the relationship between gender and student well being? How do gender-diversity issues play out at school and organizations which serve young people? This introductory workshop will give attendees a thorough understanding of core concepts of gender. Utilizing a multi-dimensional model for understanding this complex subject, the session will incorporate large and small group discussion, film, and direct presentation. Regardless of previous knowledge, the session will provide a strong foundation for anyone thinking about gender.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Daily Debrief


5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Mentor Meet Up

Participants who are staying for the full week will be introduced to the mentorship component of the program and have the opportunity to meet their mentors in person.

Mentors: Colleen Hoff, Rachel Kaplan, Jamison Green, Erica Boas, Jason Laker, Alexis Martinez, Jae Sevelius

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Happy Hour (Optional)

Location to be determined

Saturday, June 20, 2015

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Ice-Breakers/Warm-Up


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Morning Session

Exploring Gender Identity and Community Among Three Groups of Transgender Individuals in the United States:  MTFs, FTMs, and Genderqueers**

Rhonda Factor
Esther Rothblum

This workshop will focus on similarities and differences among transwomen, transmen and genderqueer individuals on demographics, identity development, sexual attraction, relationship status, and relationship to Trans and LGB communities. It will also focus on comparisons of these three groups to non-transgender brothers and sisters, focusing on demographic factors, sexual identity, social support from family of origin and from friends, private body consciousness, public body consciousness, and experiences of harassment and discrimination.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM – Break


12:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch Session


Panel: Trans* Rights and Advocacy**

This panel will include representatives from the National Center for Lesbian Rights and TGI Justice Project will convene to discuss their justice and advocacy work in the Trans* community.


Asaf Orr, Esq.Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights

danielle t. marilyn west, (aka danni) Development Director & Leadership Team, TGI Justice Project

Janetta Louise Johnson, Program Director, Leadership Team, TGI Justice Project

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Break


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Afternoon Session

A Real Trans* Thrive: Taking Positive Steps to Affirm Trans* Experiences of Identities and Sexualities through Basic Science**

Charlotte Tate

This presentation contains two parts that together demonstrate how it is possible to truly include and affirm trans* experience through basic research in the behavioral and medical sciences. In one part of the talk, I discuss my lab’s empirical work on trans* mental health indicators from the perspective of positive psychology. Specifically, I show how variability in global self-esteem is tracked by individual differences in agency trait endorsement, communion trait endorsement, and self-perceived gender typicality (with those who share the respondents’ gender self-categorization). These results are consistent across three separate samples of trans* respondents: trans women, trans men, and genderqueer/nonbinary individuals. This research fits into a larger set of findings that has already been described for cis women and men—across heterosexual and queer sexual orientations. In the other part of the talk, I discuss my lab’s new ideas for conceptualizing sexual orientation identities among trans* populations in a way that both respects the felt experiences of trans* individuals and urges behavioral and medical science to broaden the understanding of what is meant by sexual orientation. In particular, the experiences of trans* folks are situated as the foundation for all sexual orientation considerations, which eclipses the prevailing cisnormative assumptions. Together, these two pieces of the presentation illustrate how researchers and practitioners can affirm identity and sexuality experiences so that trans* (and cis) individuals thrive.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Daily Debrief

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner Break and Travel Time

7pm – 8:45pm Frameline Film

frameline-signature “Game Face”

Exploring the experiences of LGBTQ athletes and their struggle for acceptance within their sports and within society, this forthright, sincere documentary tracks the parallel stories of the first transgender pro mixed martial arts fighter and a gay college hoops player who is cautiously planning his coming out. More info here.


Sunday, June 21, 2014

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Tour and Discussion 


2051 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

Eros is the acclaimed San Francisco safe sex club and community space for gay & bisexual identifying men. Eros is locally owned and operated and is a part of San Francisco’s rich history. For this event, participants will tour the Eros facility and participate in a workshop/discussion with Eros owner and sex-positive educator, Ken Rowe.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch on your own/Travel Time


1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Special Activity


4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Daily Debrief & Weekend Closing


2015 Full week Schedule

Full week participants will the start with the weekend program and continue with additional programming throughout the week.

Monday, June 22, 2015

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Ice-Breakers/Warm-Up


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Morning Session

Transgender Women and HIV: Adapting a program for cisgender HIV-positive women **

Rita Melendez

This session will focus on the the needs of transgender women as they relate to HIV. Specifically, HIV-positive transgender women’s access to health care as well as access to overall health care regardless of HIV status. Additionally, we will focus on how to adapt an effective HIV prevention program designed for HIV-positive cisgender women to HIV-positive transgender women. Adaptation needs include addressing issues of stigma and discrimination as well as adapting the original program’s focus on female empowerment. The session will be discussion based so come prepare to brainstorm and think through these issues.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM – Break


12:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch Session

Panel: The Center for Excellence on Transgender Health**

This panel will include several staff of the Center for Excellence on Transgender Health who will discuss their work in various areas of the Transgender Community.

Facilitate by Jae Sevelius, PhD

Danielle Castro, MA, MFTi
Madeline Deutsch, MD
Luis Gutierrez-Mock, MPH, MA

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Break


3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Daily Debrief


3:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Individual Mentor Sessions

To be scheduled with your mentor

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Happy Hour (Optional)

Location to be determined

Tuesday, June 23, 2014

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Ice-Breakers/Warm-Up


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Morning Session

Trans Lives and HIV Globally: A Focus on the Middle East**

Rachel Kaplan with Cynthia El Khoury

This session will provide global HIV rates among trans people and explore some of the challenges that existing modalities and methodologies of HIV research among trans individuals and communities present. Examples of the importance of cultural contexts will be presented. There is a dearth of both media and data that help us understand trans lives in the Middle East. Program Coordinator of Marsa Sexual Health Center in Beirut, Lebanon, Cynthia El Khoury will explain Marsa’s approach for overcoming local challenges faced by trans people. Excerpts from a film will be used to highlight the central role of gender in Middle Eastern societies.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM – Break


12:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch Session

Film Screening: Trans* Short Films

Facilitated by Julia Geyer, Summer institute Intern

Clip Series – Trans Representation in Films, compiled by Sam Berliner

Dating Sucks, a film by Sam Berliner

and more.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Break


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Afternoon Session

Panel: Health, Hormones, and Surgery**

This panel includes various health professionals discussing gender surgery options, ongoing health care, reproductive health, mental health, and insurance coverage.

Facilitated by Tobie Klibansky, CREGS Operations Manager


Dr. Thomas Satterwhite, Brownstein & Crane Surgical Practice

Dr. Kathy Hsaio, Chief of Gynecology at California Pacific Medical Center

Dr. Barry Zevin, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Tamara Ooms, RN, FNP, Nurse Coordinator in the Multi-Specialty Transitions Department, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Daily Debrief


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Dinner Break and Travel Time

7pm – 8:10pm Frameline Film

frameline-signatureSame Difference

The Same Difference is a compelling documentary that broadens the definition of what it means to be part of the African American lesbian community. Self-identified studs—and the women who love them—discuss hypocrisy in terms of gender roles, performative expectations, and the silent disciplining that occurs between community members. More info here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Ice-Breakers/Warm-Up


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Morning Session

Gender Based Stigma and HealthCare Access**

Jennifer Glick 

This session will explore the ways in which members of the transgender community access health care, with specific attention to the ways experiences of stigma and discrimination impact health seeking behavior. Research shows that past experiences of stigma and discrimination are linked to delayed health care seeking behavior amongst a variety of populations. Along with findings from background research and literature reviews, quantitative data will be presented from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (2009) on the associations of various types of stigma on delaying preventive care. Use of complimentary and alternative medicine and other health care options outside of the medical industrial complex will also be discussed, including some preliminary findings from a qualitative study in the New Orleans community. We will also discuss the creation of (and associated problems with) gender identity categories in research and ways to conceptualize and operationalize stigma and discrimination.

12:00 PM – 12:15 PM – Break


12:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch Session

Panel: Trans* and Gender Variant Student Leadership**

Facilitated by Mitch Hymowitz, SFSU Graduate Student


Reed Milliard, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Sebastian Ochoa-Kaup, San Francisco State University

and more to be confirmed

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Break


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Afternoon Session

Addressing the Needs of the Transgender Community**

Trans Thrive/ API Wellness Center Staff:
Niko Kowell
Nikki Calma
Vanessa Warri
Jasmine Powell
Talia De la Cruz
Sabina Simmons

Traditionally, transgender services have been aligned with HIV prevention and care. This is due to the high rates of HIV infections within the MtF community.  Given the complexity and immediacy of some health and social needs in the community, it is essential to engage transgender clients according to their specific needs.  A client worried about housing is not likely to consider treatment or prophylaxis for HIV.   To successfully engage transgender clients it is important to adopt a holistic, client centered, approach with a continuum of services.

The Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center provides a spectrum of care specifically catering to the transgender community of San Francisco. The programing includes testing and prevention through TRANSform SF,  TRANS: THRIVE provides a drop- in center for transgender community, and Trans Access provides medical care, case management and peer navigation for transwomen of color who are living with HIV.  This presentation will include a panel of providers discussing addressing clients’ immediate needs as a way to link and retain transgender clients in HIV prevention and care services.

The staff of both programs will lead a discussion about serving a diverse community of Trans folks how they designed various services that address not only HIV prevention and care but an array of services that addresses many top issues within the transgender community.  Among these issues primary medical care, including hormone therapy and HIV care, in a community setting augmented by mental health counseling, peer navigation, case management, drop-in space, social support groups and workshops, and leadership development opportunities. This will be followed by a Q&A with a panel of diverse providers from the Trans Programs at APIWC.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Daily Debrief


Thursday June 26, 2014

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM  – Ice-Breakers/Warm-Up


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  – Mentor Session


12:00 PM – 12:15 PM – Break


12:15 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch Session

Panel: Exploring Gender and Performance

This panel includes trans* and gender variant identified performers who will discuss gender identity and performance. Panelists will discuss their own personal gender identities, how their identities impact their work, and some will include clips or samples of their work.

Facilitated by Sam Berliner, Filmmaker


Eli Conley, Singer/Songwriter

Luna Merbruja, Performance Artist

Julie Rei Goldstein, Voice Actress

Dia Dear, Performance Artist

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Break


3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Evaluations & Closing


5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Closing Reception


**The noted sessions meet the qualifications for 2 hours each of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CREGS provider number is PCE 5648. No full refunds are available. Partial refunds can be obtained by submitting a refund request form. No refunds will be available after June 18, 2014