GRHRA Event May 19 - Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQIA

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What: Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQIA 
Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015
Location: Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa
Cost: $15 for ALL GRHRA members (RSVP by end of day May 12 to avoid late charge)| $30 for GUESTS
Times:   Doors open at 11:00 AM  | Meal served at 11:20 | Business Meeting | Presentation at Noon

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  Latrice Lacey, Director, Davenport Civil Rights Commission
  Joyce Wiley, Executive Director of QCAD

QCAD was founded in 1990 as The Coalition Concerned for Gay and Lesbian Youth.  Although supporting and advocating for gay, lesbian and transgender (LGBT) youth in the schools has remained a major focus, in 1993 the organization incorporated as Quad Citians Affirming Diversity and began addressing LGBT discrimination and providing support issue across the life span. QCAD was a major force in assuring that Davenport, Moline, Rock Island and Bettendorf include LGBT people in their nondiscrimination policies.  QCAD works closely with the Alcoa and Deere and Company Employee Resource Groups.  

The Davenport Civil Rights Commission (DCRC) secures for all individuals within the City of Davenport, freedom from discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, and familial status in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation, education, and credit.

Brief Outline:

  • Introductions:
    • Name
    • Preferred Pronouns
    • Where Are You From?
    • Where Do You Work?
  • Terminology:
    • What does LGBTQIA mean?
    • What does it mean to be homophobic?
    • What does it mean to be transphobic?
    • What does it mean to be biphobic?
    • What does it mean to be homosexist?
    • What does it mean to be heterosexist?
  • How Do I Know What I Know

Short activity to help participants become aware of their learned attitudes regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA} issues.

  • Why is a workplace that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive of LGBTQIA employees important?
  • What are the components of a welcoming and inclusive environment? 
  • How can a welcoming and inclusive environment be created?
  • Good Company Policies:
    • What are good company policies to protect LGBTQIA employees?
    • Why are these policies important? 
    • What makes a strong policy?
    • What is diversity training?
    • What is an LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group?




Latrice was hired as Director of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission on September 15, 2014.  Latrice began her civil rights career working at the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in Des Moines, Iowa.  She later progressed to a position of staff attorney and lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa.  While she was with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, she worked in the areas of employment and housing discrimination law.  Latrice left her position at the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and worked for President of the Iowa Senate, Pam Jochum, researching legislation and drafting legislative impact analyses. After her experience with Senator Jochum, Latrice joined the staff of the ACLU of Iowa.  While at the ALCU of Iowa, Latrice helped pass a groundbreaking new HIV decriminalization law, which has helped Iowa lead the nation in removing the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.  After a leaving the ACLU, Latrice took the position of Director for the Davenport Civil Rights Commission in 2014.        

Latrice earned her B.A. degrees in African-American Studies and Art History from Roosevelt University and her J.D. from Drake University Law School, with Cerificates in Legislative Practice and Business Law.  Latrice is a member of the Iowa Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Iowa League of Human Rights Agencies.


Joyce Wiley and her family are the founders  of Quad Citians Affirming Diversity.  Joyce has been active in the organization since the founding in 1990 and is currently Executive Director.  Joyce graduated from the University of Illinois in 1962 and earned a PhD in nutrition from Purdue in 1968.  Joyce and her husband were motivated to start QCAD after their son came out as gay in his middle school years and they witnessed the devastating effects his ensueing experiences had on his life. 

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