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Free Events for Fall 2022

“A Place Where All YOUth Thrive"

A series of conversations about the biological and social complexities of youth sexual orientation and gender identity.

Lead Presenter: Charissa Urbano, MAE, EdD, Emeritus Professor of Biology - Delta College

FREE for all to attend at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 405 N. Saginaw Road, Midland


Dates and focus audiences:

Sunday, September 18, 2022, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. – Interfaith Group program

Thursday, October 13, 2022, 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. – Educators and School Personnel (K-12)

Sunday, November 13, 2022, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. – Parents, Family and Friends

Underwritten by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Midland, SOGI YAC will present workshop(s) entitled “The Complexity of Gender and Sexuality.” The workshops, designed and led by Dr. Charis Urbano, have interactive components including a Q&A session.

About the Workshop

Based on the latest scientific research, this workshop provides an overview of gender identity, intersex and sexual orientation. Visuals, short video clips and personal anecdotes will be used to illustrate the complexity of sexuality and gender identity. Dr. Urbano will cover topics and answers questions related to the following:

  • How the interplay of genes and hormones during prenatal development impact the multiple dimensions of gender and sexuality.

  • The myth of choice and the complexity of sexual differentiation will be illuminated.

  • New models for TGE (Trans and Gender Expansive Youth) will be discussed.

  • Current statistics and surveys related to LGBTQ risks and needs will be presented.

  • Finally, a growing collection of local resources, services and events will be shared.


Dr. Charissa Urbano, MAE, Ed.D. Emeritus Professor of Biology at Delta College, has developed several classes that integrate LGBT topics and issues including an honors bio class titled Biology, Genes and Behavior and an interdisciplinary class titled Exploring Diversity. Dr. Urbano has over thirty years of experience in delivering seminars in genetics, biology, diversity and sexuality and has authored several publications in scholarly journals. She has earned numerous honors and awards including: the Exxon Education Foundation Innovation Award for incorporating the scientific, technical and public policy dimensions of genetic research into community college education; the Bergstein Award for Teaching Excellence; the Barstow/Frevel Award for Scholarly Achievement; the Spirit of Martin Luther King Award; and Who’s Who Among Teachers in American Universities and Colleges.