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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)May 23, 2007

(Mahwah) – “Transgender Workplace Diversity Workshop:  Addressing Issues for HR and Legal Professionals” will be held Wednesday, June 27, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Bradley Center Skybox on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.  Dr. Jillian T. Weiss, an assistant professor of Law and Society at the college, who conducts research in the area of transgender workplace diversity issues, will moderate the workshop.

The workshop, intended for human resources and legal professionals throughout the state, will address New Jersey Bill S362, which takes effect June 12.  The bill adds “gender identity of expression” to the list of classes protected from discrimination.  New Jersey will join twenty-three states having laws protecting transgender employees.  Nine other states are considering laws and almost one hundred U.S. cities have them.  There are 37 Fortune 500 companies in New Jersey, of which 11 already have policies against gender identity discrimination.   A federal law is expected to pass Congress soon.

Other workshop topics include transgender basics, what to do when faced with a transgender employee and communications strategies. The workshop involves collaborative learning using case study and role-play methods.  Employers will receive the information and skills to address pertinent issues on the subject of transgender workplace diversity in compliance of the law.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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