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ERIC Number: EJ905791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1939-4225
Perspective on Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Building Bridges Model: A Retrospect of the Past, Present, and Future of Training Impacting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees in the Workplace
Baillie, Pat; Gedro, Julie
New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development, v23 n2 p39-46 Spr 2009
As early as 1983, a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgenders (LGBTs) in the San Francisco Bay Area met with the United Way to discuss the needs of the community in the workplace. In 1986, the United Way authorized a board-level task force on LGBT issues, which looked at health and human care concerns. In 1990, Building Bridges was formed as an organization to provide the sensitivity training for United Way Agencies. The term "Building Bridges" had historically been used by many groups in the diversity community to reflect inclusion and a deeper understanding of different groups. The United Way Building Bridges program marked the first connection of diversity work around the LGBT community. In 2001, Out & Equal began teaching the Building Bridges model nationally. Building Bridges is a model for LGBT diversity training that has been continually refined over the course of its 7-year life. In this article, the authors share their perspective on the Building Bridges model and discuss the effectiveness of the model from 2001 to today. They also present the current course description and performance outcomes of Building Bridges. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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