Samuel Lurie is a seasoned, engaging presenter committed to training school administrators, faculty, staff, health care providers, community activists, and others on the needs of transgender people. He has delivered trainings to well over 9,000 people around the country over the past nine years, including campus staff and administrators, medical schools and student health centers at Tufts, Brown, Yale, Wesleyan, U. of New England, SUNY-Albany, U. of Vermont, Simmons College, City University of New York, Winsor School for Girls, Dartmouth, Landmark College and two New England College Health Association Annual Meetings.
Samuel has furthermore worked with Health Departments and AIDS Education and Training Centers in California, Colorado, Iowa, New England, New Jersey and New York and the Harm Reduction Training Institute in both east coast and west coast offices. Samuel has also given keynote and plenary presentations at numerous events, including the Centers for Disease Control's Capacity Building for HIV Prevention conference in 2000 and the New England Gay Men's Health Summit in 2001 and the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care in 2004. From 2002-2005 he has been appointed to the planning committee for the American Foundation for AIDS Research's National AIDS Update Conference as the Transgender Issues Topic Chair.
As the visibility and activism of transgender and gender-variant students has grown, higher education administrators, faculty and staff, including campus health center staff and clinicians, are seeking to increase their understanding of basic issues related to transgender experience. Institutions are also working to create policy changes to provide safety and inclusion to this emerging group.
As an institution "committed to providing equal educational opportunity to all qualified applicants" Michigan State University has recognized the call to join the hundreds of other institutions of higher education that have and are working to make their living, working and learning environments the kinds of places that foster success and excellence.
Samuel Lurie will be on campus to offer 4 sessions at Michigan State, open to participation with registration. Interested folks are encouraged to look at the session and target audience descriptions when choosing the session(s) they would like to attend.
Michigan HIV/STDs Outreach Worker
"I have attended many workshops on sexuality and gender issues and have presented a few of my own. I have never experienced a workshop as empathic, compelling and informative as yours. I do not believe it is a stretch to say your workshop/presentation was mesmerizing.... what are your thoughts about coming to Michigan to present the same or a similar workshop? ...I cannot imagine another presenter/trainer who would be more qualified/talented to do this for us."
Assoc. Dean for Student Life, Simmons College
"Samuel Lurie provided a comprehensive and in-depth presentation for our entire student affairs division that enabled us to understand where we could make a difference for transgender students in our respective functional areas. He is an extremely knowledgeable and accessible trainer. He is masterful in adapting his training to a wider spectrum of professionals who may be in very different places in their understanding, comfort level and even acceptance of the transgender experience. Perhaps most compelling is Samuel's own story of transition, which for our staff provided a more intimate understanding and appreciation for the experience of a transgender individual."
Asst. VP, Student & Campus Life, U. Vermont
"Samuel Lurie is an engaging and knowledge-able facilitator. He is a skilled trainer with the ability to speak to a variety of different audiences including health professionals, university administrators, and college students. Samuel creates a training environment that allows participants to fully explore their perceptions and assumptions regarding gender identity and expression with a genuine and compassionate approach. We have benefited from Samuel's work and encourage other Student Affairs professionals to do the same."
Nurse & Clinic Coordinator, New Haven, CT
"You made such an impression on everything for me. As a nurse, I will not be the same again. My care of patients will be impacted greatly by your training and it has taken me to a much higher level. Thank you."
More testimonials, particularly ones from health professionals, can be found on Samuel Lurie's website.