Our Shared Spaces - Gender 101


Our Shared Spaces - Gender 101

This workshop serves to introduce participants to the concept of gender as a spectrum. Participants will go over terminology related to gender identity and gender expression, as well as some labels used by Queer communities to speak to their experiences. Learners will make connections between ongoing processes of intersecting oppressions, specifically colonialism, and the suppression of gender diversity. They will then apply these terms and analyses to discuss media portrayals of Queer communities and gender-related microaggressions.

Learning Objectives:

- Define the concepts of the spectrum of genders, gender expressions, gender identities, and supporting terminology
- Examine the role of colonialism, racism, and other systems of oppression in constructing gender and gender roles
- Use popular media and thinkers to support and unpack terms and concepts
- Situate oneself in conversations and concepts of gender, both on-campus and in the world


IMPORTANT: Students must register with their official McGill email address in order for the registration to be valid.


Registration link here!

Accessibility: Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) and Our Shared Spaces (OSS) are committed to providing educational content that is accessible to as many audiences as possible, regardless of ability. In the COVID-19 context, our workshops are provided via Zoom with automatic transcription enabled. Our PowerPoints go through an accessibility-checker, and if instructions are provided, they are given verbally and via written text. We provide content warnings throughout the workshop as needed. As a participant, you will have ample opportunity for varied engagement, some examples are via the Zoom chat function, breakout rooms, listening, and verbally in the larger group. There are no scheduled breaks but we encourage participants to take them as needed.

If you have any specific accessibility needs for an Our Shared Spaces workshop, please email oursharedspaces [at] mcgill.ca two business days prior to your workshop, or as soon as possible, so that we can see if arrangements can be made.

Online Event Instructions

Zoom registration below.


McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

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