VT SHRM State Council: Cultivating Transgender Affirming Workplaces

Event Details:
When: October 21, 2020 8:30 am – October 29, 2020 11:00 am
Location: Virtual

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers –
VBSR Members –

Registration is open

The VT SHRM State Council is excited to invite you to participate in our two-part virtual education series on Cultivating Transgender Affirming Workplaces

Part 1:

Cultivating Transgender Affirming Workplaces is an introductory training designed to increase awareness of how human resource professionals can cultivate safer work environments for transgender, non-binary, and/or gender non-conforming employees across the state. The training will develop shared vocabulary and understanding of the LGBTQ+ acronym, uplift community strengths, and review the significance of pronouns. We will build common frameworks for understanding gender and sexuality, discuss the minority stress model and its implications for transgender people in the workplace, and highlight best practices and resources for Cultivating Transgender Affirming Workplaces.

This training is adapted from Pride Center of Vermont’s LGBTQ+ Best Practices Training which has been provided to over 1200 people this past year and has an average review of over 4.9/5.0 (based on a likelihood to recommend).

  • Wednesday, October 21, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, October 22, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Friday, October 23, Noon – 2:00 PM


Part 2:

Can’t-miss panel presentation with professionals from several business perspectives to answer your questions and share insights. Take the next step in educating yourself about important transgender topics: explore legal perspectives, understand typical health insurance-related questions that your employees may have, and become aware of resources for employers like you. You’ll hear Employee and Employer perspectives on effective strategies to prepare workplaces to be welcoming to all, welcome new transgender employees into the workplace, and partner with employees to help them with communication and job continuity during transition.

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 29, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Click here to select your sessions: https://vthra.org/calendar.php?date=0-10-2020 Please register for one session in each category (Part 1 and Part 2)


Part 1: Speaker Bios


Skylar Wolfe (he/him/his)

Director of SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program

Pride Center of Vermont

Contact: skylar@pridecentervt.org or education@pridecentervt.org

Skylar Wolfe headshot

Skylar Wolfe

Skylar Wolfe is the Director of the SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at the Pride Center of Vermont. He has worked in LGBTQ+ anti-violence work for 7 years in a variety of roles such as: suicide and crisis intervention, training and affinity space facilitation, providing and supervising direct services to Vermont LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, and conducting research on transgender mental health. He has been featured by the New England News Collaborative podcast speaking out about LGBTQ+ homelessness in New England, and in the past two years has facilitated trainings for over 70 organizations in Vermont reaching over 1500 individuals. As a facilitator, Skylar centers the knowledge in the room and deeply values holding a balance of content with discussion. Skylar is goofy, witty, and refreshingly transparent.


Taylor Small (she/her/hers)

Director of Health & Wellness Program

Pride Center of Vermont

taylor@pridecentervt.org or education@pridecentervt.org

Taylor Small headshot

Taylor Small

Taylor Small is the Director of the Health and Wellness Program at the Pride Center of Vermont. Taylor uses a holistic view in understanding her wellness work, and currently focuses on three main projects: HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, breast and cervical cancer screening education and referrals, and tobacco cessation education. Taylor is committed to community building and youth empowerment, as seen through her previous work at the Howard Center, Spectrum Youth & Family Services, Northwestern Counseling and Support Services, and Outright Vermont. She has a clear passion and drive to support the larger LGBTQ+ community of Vermont and has previously been featured on VPR discussing the “Trans & Non-Binary Experience in Vermont”.


Gustavo Mercado Muñiz (they/them/theirs)

Transgender Program Coordinator


Gustavo Mercado Muñiz headshot

Gustavo Mercado Muñiz

Gustavo Mercado Muñiz is the Transgender Program Coordinator at the Pride Center of Vermont. They are a queer, nonbinary puertorriqueñe born and raised on the island, and they work to center the voices of trans people of color in education. Gustavo is a passionate queer and racial activist who is working on making spaces more accessible and safe for all folks in the community. Their work is focused holding the intersections of community members’ identities in a place of value in terms of the knowledge these intersections generate. This can be seen through the myriad of programming they are continually working on bringing to the Pride Center for the trans community, as well as their work on the Queer & Trans People of Color group.


Part 2: Panelist Bios

More Information Coming Soon…