Gender Work! Developing Competency for Inclusive Learning Spaces Sept 20-21

Gender Werk! Creating Gender Inclusive Classrooms & Learning Spaces

Registration Deadline: Friday September 13th 

A Professional Development Workshop for Decolonizing Your Practice

for Educators, Community Workers, and Parents

Co-facilitated by Teré Fowler Chapman & Em Bowen, with Eve Rifkin


Friday, Sept 20, 9-3pm – Saturday, Sept 21, 9-3pm

CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, 37 E Pennington
$150 for both days (lunch provided Saturday); FULL & Partial Scholarships AVAILABLE

Twenty Full and partial scholarships are available upon request thanks to support from the UA LGBT Institute! Just email Tina@KorePress.Org for a scholarship coupon code to register online.

Certificate of completion for PD hours provided upon request

After three successful workshops on culturally responsive practices, trans competency, allyship and gender empowerment, Kore Press Institute is pleased to offer this dynamic, decolonize-your-practice training to help educators and folks sharpen their intersectional gender literacy skills for creating inclusive, safe learning spaces for all to thrive!

The two-day immersion led by poet-educators Em and Teré, along with educational leader Eve Rifkin, will investigate the thicket of our socially constructed gender identities and the snare of implicit bias, especially as it occurs at the intersection of multiple other oppressions. Participants will identify areas for personal and professional growth and think how they can move into a more fully gender inclusive, equitable practice. Additionally, you will learn about student and parent rights and privacy laws along with a whole host of resources, including a reading list and current research.

Working with a sense of openness and connection, we will engage in facilitated self-reflection, keep a workshop journal, work in small groups to practice (and make mistakes) as we consider our own internalized notions about gender. This will be a safe and very creative space to interact, learn, and practice. Join us in creating more just and safer classrooms, work spaces, and relationship systems within our families and communities

Registration Deadline Friday September 13th. .

Register here.

For k-12, higher ed practitioners, professionals, community educators, and parents.

Teré Fowler Chapman is a gender fluid writer, educator, and the Dean of Students and School Culture at City High School—by way of sonoran desert | by way of boot’s bayou. This poet is the Words on the Avenue founder and the first African American executive director of the Tucson Poetry Festival. They are a National Arts Strategies’ Creative Community fellow, and a “Bettering American Poetry 2016” nominee. They are an educator, a wife, and a family man. You can find Teré or their work forthcoming or published in many places, including Huffington Post, University of Arizona’s VOCA, TEDxTucson, Tucson Weekly, Arizona Public Media’s PBS & NPR & more. Teré is co-leading Gender Work!



Em Bowen is the Executive Director of the Tucson Poetry Festival, a PhD student at the College of Education at the University of Arizona, a bilingual Waldorf educator, a storyteller, a writer, an essayist, a poet and a person who thrives and is always changing (much as we all are, whether we realize it or not). Their work has been published in the Tucson Weekly, The Atlantic, Zocalo, Wild Gender, The Feminist Wire, and most recently live on the stand-up comic stages of Tucson. Em earned their MFA from Goddard College and is the former producer of the Tucson Gender Identity Project. Em is co-leading Gender Work



Eve Rifkin, holds her B.A.from the University of Maryland, an M.Ed from Northern Arizona University and a doctoral degree in Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. She is an Arizona certified secondary teacher, holds National Board Certificate in English/Language Arts, and teaches doctoral candidates online for Vanderbilt University. As co-founder of Tucson’s City High School, Eve focused on supporting the academic and social-emotional needs of all students through a robust advisory program and an open and accepting school culture for 15 years. Eve has been an educator for over twenty years, and feels privileged to be able to connect with learners in meaningful ways every single day. Eve is providing facilitation support for Gender Werk!


Gender Werk! is part of the Kore Press Institute’s Gender Diversity Initiative, a multi-year, gender-based anti-violence project designed to raise awareness and create safer/more inclusive classrooms and communities.

Thank you to our GDI sponsors: