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Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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2013 Conference

2013 Conference

Thank you to all the speakers, exhibitors and Oakland University faculty, staff, and students who attended the 2013 Michigan SOGI Education Conference on Saturday, March 9th. The conference was a great success and we look forward to seeing you all at future offerings!
Workshops & Sessions
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Concurrent Sessions I 



Concurrent Sessions II 



Concurrent Sessions III


Presenter Information
Many participants have requested contact information for our presenters. Please see the document below for presenter contact information.


Media Coverage


See pictures of the keynote speakers, opening sessions, workshops and more in the Flicker photo album. If you have photos of your own that you would like to share, please email them to and we'll add them to our album.

Watch the powerful keynote address by President and Senior Editor of GroundSpark Films, Debra Chasnoff and view other speakers' presentations, including remarks by the Executive Director of Affirmations LGBT Community Center, David Garcia, and a performance by the Ann Arbor Neutral Zone Riot Youth's Gayrilla Theatre. These and other video clips are available on the SOGI Conference YouTube Channel.


Listen to Podcasts for Leaderful Schools' (PFLS) interview with Debra Chasnoff. PFLS is produced with support from the  Galileo Institute for Teacher Leadership. The institute is dedicated to serving and researching the professional development needs of leaders working to improve student achievement and teacher performance. For more information on PFLS, see the Podcasts for Leaderful Schools website.
Keynote Speaker
Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Debra Chasnoff is a nationally recognized champion of using film as an organizing tool for social justice campaigns, and a pioneering leader in the international movement working to create safe and welcoming schools and communities.

Debra's highly acclaimed documentaries addressing youth and bias issues are widely hailed by educators and advocates as among the best tools available today to help open up dialogue and advocacy around many of the most challenging issues affecting young people's lives and school environments.

Her most recent film is Straightlaced--How Gender's Got Us All Tied Up, about the gender and sexuality pressures that teens and young adults face today.  Her other award-winning films include It's Elementary--Talking About Gay Issues in School, Let's Get Real (about bias and bullying) That's a Family! (supporting youth growing up in diverse family structures) and It's STILL Elementary, a renewed call to action.


Antonio David Garcia, known as Dave to friends and family, is a proud single gay father and has a degree in Communications with a Media focus from the University of Michigan – Flint. Dave first began his public fight for LGBT issues after being fired from his position as the Community Services Coordinator for his attempt to start a Gay Straight Alliance in the public schools back in 2000. After walking 55 miles overnight from the doors of a high school to the State Capitol, Garcia delivered what would be one of many heartfelt and inspiring speeches. For well over the past decade, Dave has continued his dedicated efforts to improve the lives and advance the cause of justice for all in the LGBT community, including his service on the Board of Directors for the Jim Toy Center in Ann Arbor and his current role on the National Centerlink Board. Dave currently serves as Executive Director of Affirmations, following his role as Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center.

Additional accomplishments include being named, “Civil Libertarian of the Year” by the ACLU of Flint, being featured in Dan Woog’s book, Jocks II - Coming Out to Play, and winning two, 2009 Michigan Addy awards for his film work. Dave has completed a full-length documentary, Fences, and is a critically acclaimed playwright. His play, Candy Corn, Christ and the Convoluted Creation of Golf, debuted to sold-out audiences at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor and was named a top ten show by the Flint Journal.

Conference Program