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Queer Youth: Risk and Resilience in Contested Spaces

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Registration: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presentation: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm  


403 Hayes Hall, UB South Campus, Amherst, NY (clock-tower building)

Closest parking lots include Townsend and Diefendorf Lots. Please note that while parking is open after 3pm on campus, it is still at a premium, so give yourself enough time to park and find the building.

Cost and Registration

$20 for UBSSW alumni; $25 for all others

Registration is now closed.

Questions? Contact Sarah Watson at 716-645-1259.


This interactive workshop will incorporate experiential exercises, large-group discussion and dialogue in dyads and small groups, video, and a research update. Participants will reflect upon the influence of socio-cultural messages regarding sexual orientation and gender identity diversity on our social work practice. They will also learn about the Buffalo Public Schools’ 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey’s findings on self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth in Buffalo and apply intersectionality with a trauma-informed and human rights perspective to social work practice with LGBTQQ youth and their families.


  • Recognize the ever-evolving terminology relevant for engaging with LGBTQQ youth.
  • Articulate the challenges facing LGBTQQ youth in the Buffalo Public Schools per the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
  • Apply intersectionality and a trauma-informed and human rights perspective to social work practice with LGBTQ youths and their families.

CE Credits for NYS LMSWs & LCSWs

NYSED LMSW & LCSW contact hours are being provided through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work’s Office of Continuing Education.  This Office is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 3 live in-person contact hours are approved.

Questions about CEU's?

Please contact the Office of Continuing Education

Phone: 716-829-5847



Diane Elze, PhD

Diane Elze

Diane E. Elze, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of the MSW Program at the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Social Work. Her research focuses on health risk behaviors, and risk and protective factors, among sexual minority youths, and, more recently, interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Her publications have appeared in Social Work Research, Children & Schools, AIDS Education and Prevention, and AIDS & Behavior. Dr. Elze is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, and the Adolescent Research Review. Her social work practice experience included direct services, administration, and community education and training in areas of sexual assault and domestic violence; runaway and homeless youths; HIV case management; crisis intervention; community-based services for LGBTQ youths; HIV prevention for adolescents; and cultural competency. She is a past Chair of CSWE’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression and a past member of CSWE’s Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice. Dr. Elze is a member of the Board of Directors of Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western, New York; the YRBS Steering Committee for the Buffalo Public Schools; and the Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition.

ADA Accommodations

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Customer Service

We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact Sarah Watson by email at or by phone at 716-645-1259.