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dates:

April 28 & 29, 2018 - 10 a.m. - 4:30p.m.

National Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd., Atlanta GA

Tickets: $25 per person. A ticket grants you access to both days of the symposium, breakfast and lunch both days, and the opportunity to tour the Center for Civil and Human Rights. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please email: symposium@lgbtinstitute.org.

Schedule:


Saturday, April 28, 2018
9:00am-10:30am - Registration / Breakfast
10:30am-11:00am - Opening and Welcome
11:00am-12:00pm - Survey Overview
12:00pm-1:00pm - Networking / Lunch
1:00pm-2:30pm - Education and Employment Results
2:30pm-4:00pm - Criminal Justice and Safety Results
4:00pm-4:30pm - Wrap-Up

Sunday, April 29, 2018
9:00am-10:30am - Registration / Breakfast
10:30am-11:00am - Recap and Housekeeping items
11:00am-12:30 - Public Health and Wellness Results
12:30pm-1:30pm - Networking / Lunch
1:30pm-3:00pm - Lessons Learned and Next Steps
3:00pm-3:30pm - Closing
3:30pm-4:30pm - Networking

Overview

The LGBT Institute is pleased to host our second annual symposium presented by Delta Air Lines.
In collaboration with our research partner, Georgia State University, the symposium will explore the findings of the LGBT Institute Southern Survey and lessons learned. Attendees will also have the opportunity to develop future strategies for survey outreach and design. 
This interactive symposium will be an ideal time for networking among academics and advocates, helping enhance coordination and communication to maximize impact.

The symposium will focus on the three main areas of the LGBT Institute's Southern Survey findings: (1) Education & Employment, (2) Criminal Justice & Safety, and (3) Public Health & Wellness.

The symposium will take place over two days with all participants engaging in an on-going, interactive, working plenary session. Presentations will explore: the dynamics and systems operating in relation to the three focus areas of the survey results; the individuals and communities least likely to have access to needed resources and most vulnerable to harm; and determining ways to tell the stories of LGBTQ Southerners that have not been told.

Many of the conversations will also touch upon LGBTQIA experiences and issues in relation to gender identity, racial and economic justice, class, immigration and citizenship, age and aging, ability and disability, incarceration, and other categories and social concerns identified by the data.

We look forward to learning and connecting with you!

Background:


The LGBT Institute Southern Survey, conducted in 2017, serves to amplify the voices of LGBTQ Southerners and highlight the issues affecting our lives, in order to create a more safe and welcoming South. Planning for this survey began in 2015, but the need for this survey became even more urgent as LGBTQ people continue to be erased from federal policy and research. The LGBT Institute joined forces with more than 140+ nonprofit, community, and state organizations to spread the word. More that 6,000 LGBTQ people from across 14 Southern states took the survey.

This symposium will be the first time for the public to review the data with our research team at Georgia State University. Our hope is that this solid research can serve as an important tool that can help us tell our stories, reframe narratives, and dismantle discriminatory systems. And, that the data can be used by our partners on the ground as they develop their policy initiatives, grassroots strategies, and fundraising campaigns.

 

WHERE TO STAY

The Hyatt Regency Atlanta, the LGBT Institute's Official Hotel Sponsor, is providing a special rate for our attendees of $99 per night for a Single/Double Occupancy room.  It also includes complementary standard 24-hour internet in guest rooms and 24-hour access to the fitness center. Those wishing to stay at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta must book their room(s) by Wednesday, March 28th. (Room blocks are reserved under National Center for Civil and Human Rights)

 DIRECTIONS / PArking

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is located at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd NW in downtown Atlanta between the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. Use the doors across from the water feature that face Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. to enter .

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

SOUTHBOUND I-75/85

  • Exit 249C Williams St.
  • Turn right onto Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.

NORTHBOUND I-75/85

  • Exit 249D Spring St./W. Peachtree St.
  • Turn right onto Spring St. ramp toward Centennial Olympic Park Dr.
  • Bear right onto Centennial Olympic Park Dr.
  • Take immediate left at traffic light onto Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd.

EAST OR WESTBOUND VIA I-20

  • Exit I‑75/85 North and follow Northbound via I‑75/85 route.

PARKING AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • Parking is available at the World of Coca-Cola or Georgia Aquarium parking garages for a flat $10 per day.

DIRECTIONS FROM HYATT REGENCY HOTEL (Walking)

  • Leave the from the hotel and head west on Baker St NE toward Peachtree St NW
  • Turn right onto Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW
  • Turn Left onto Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd (you will see The Center and its water features on your left at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd)
  • Use the doors across the water feature to enter and register for the Symposium

DIRECTIONS FROM MARTA (CIVIC CENTER STATION)

  • Exit at the Civic Center MARTA station
  • Head right on West Peachtree St NW toward Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd
  • Turn right onto Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd
  • Cross the road at Centennial Olympic Park Drive so you are on the left side of traffic but continue on Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd
  • You will see The Center and its water features on your left at 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd
  • Use the doors across the water feature to enter and register for the Symposium