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Jeremy Wallace

Jeremy Wallace uses humor to challenge students to make inclusiveness a serious priority in their own lives and in their campus communities at large.

Jeremy understands that talking about transgender issues can be challenging, especially if you haven’t had the opportunity to personally get to know someone who has transitioned. That’s why Jeremy wants to reintroduce humor into the conversation. Yes, conversations about transgender issues may be clumsy at first, but that isn’t any reason to avoid them. Change makes people uncomfortable; you shouldn’t expect anything different from yourself, but you should expect yourself to rise above that initial feeling. Getting informed about the struggles of transgender people is a crucial step in learning true empathy for the trans community.

My Journey to Manhood

Understanding transgender issues can seem challenging, but Jeremy Wallace will convince you it really doesn’t have to be. All you need to do to better understand and speak about transgender issues is listen.

In this keynote, Jeremy gives the audience a better understanding of what life is like for someone who is transgender, explained by someone who is transgender. He helps students explore what it means to be transgender and many of the challenges faced by members of the trans community. While outright discrimination is still a certain challenge, most individuals, despite good intentions, do not notice the microaggressions they create. Jeremy helps break down some of the common offenses and removes these barriers to inclusiveness in your community by teaching some important Do’s and Don’ts.

This keynote is a great starting place to build a more knowledgeable foundation for the topic of transgender lives in your community. Time is built in for Q & A.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • what it means to be transgender,
  • how to identify unique challenges faced by this community and barriers to inclusion, and
  • more self-awareness and knowledge of how they can support individuals.

How To Be An Ally To The LGBTQ+ Community On Campus

Jeremy kicks off this keynote with an overview of gender identity in order to accommodate participants coming in with any level of knowledge on the subject. He then dives right into how to be a true supporter of LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff on campus. Jeremy takes students through practical steps on how they can be an Ally, on and off campus.

By sharing his own stories full or humor and insight, he helps students understand that LGBTQ+ individuals still appreciate a little privacy too. Students will leave with a new perspective on some of the burning questions they’ve been wanting to ask (or maybe already have). Q & A is always welcome.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the skills needed to avoid some common faux pas that keep LGBTQ+  individuals from being and feeling fully integrated into the general community,
  • what actions they can take in their own lives that will create a more inclusive environment, and
  • how to proactively support and advocate for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff.

Making Your Campus Safe & Inclusive to LGBTQ+ Students

Campus safety matters to all students, but is particularly critical for those who identify as a LGBTQ+ individual. An unfortunate reality is that instances of discrimination and violence against trans individuals are terrifyingly commonplace. In fact, a recent study of 27 Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) (AAU, 2015) found that 28% of students who considered themselves to be transgender, gender queer, gender non-conforming, or not listed had experienced sexual violence since coming to college.

In this keynote, Jeremy Wallace equips college and university students, staff, and faculty with insightful ideas to encourage an atmosphere of inclusion and safety. The results of these efforts have the capacity to impact not only present LGBTQ+ students, but future students through recruiting efforts. Jeremy will play a vital role in helping your IHE shift from a reactive stance to diversity issues as they arise, to solidifying proactive diversity education policies that create a welcoming campus community for all.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • about the prevalence of students both dropping out of and not applying to college due to hostile environments or the fear of them,
  • school policies and operating procedures based on unique circumstances for LGBTQ+ individuals, and
  • new skills to aid in recruitment.

“Jeremy is both comfortable and fascinating in front of any audience. He is present and attentive to the audience, while delivering his story with humor, inspiration, and the ability to create relationship with every person in the room.”

– Ron Quinn, Human Rights Campaign – Las Vegas

“Jeremy captured our attention, he made us laugh, and he also touched our hearts. He spoke to issues important to people of all ages in our audience. He engaged us, and made us comfortable to ask appropriate questions.”

– Christina Berta Bailey, Outreach Coordinator, PFLAG Las Vegas

“Jeremy spoke to the Army Reserve Soldiers and the Department of the Army Civilians of the 63rd Regional Support Command, and he was an awesome motivational speaker. He is truly a leading voice for equality and inclusion.”

– Angela Delancy, MSG, US Army Reserves, 63rd Regional Support Command

Jeremy’s Bio

Jeremy L. Wallace is an author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur. His book, Taking The Scenic Route To Manhood, chronicles his extraordinary journey as a transgender man. Combining his expertise as an entrepreneurial business owner and a transgender person, Jeremy speaks to corporations, organizations, and groups, of any size, about embracing change, becoming our true selves, and living up to our full potential. Originally from Michigan, Jeremy graduated from the University of Colorado in 1994. He now resides in Las Vegas with his dog. Jeremy enjoys his involvement with the LGBTQ community by being on the National Board of Governors, as well as a member of the Human Rights Campaign – Las Vegas Steering Committee. He is a proud member of NGLCC (National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) as a Certified LGBTBE (Business Enterprise).

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