April 15, 2019

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The first workshop in the Civil Dialogues Series led by the DC Dialogues Executive Board took place following NYU DC's Ally Week.

This workshop, led by Bridget (“B”) Schaaff, Esq., 2018-2019 If/When/How Reproductive Justice Federal Policy Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force, covered some of the fundamentals of repro* and LGBTQ issues, major challenges advocates face, and key pieces of legislation designed to address these challenges. The workshop also offered tips on how to make advocacy (from the workplace and beyond) more inclusive of both repro* and LGBTQ needs. The workshop intended to help LGBTQ advocates frame their current work within a reproductive justice framework in order to build crucial alliances and advocate for the repro* needs of LGBTQ people.

The workshop was also part of NYU's Stonewall 50 series. In the early hours of June 28, 1969, only blocks from NYU’s Washington Square campus, the Stonewall riots began, helping to launch the modern LGBTQ+ movement. Fifty years later, join us as we celebrate and commemorate the remarkable social, cultural, medical, and legal transformations that followedStonewall and continue to shape our community and our University.

Bridget (“B”) Schaaff, Esq.

Bridget (“B”) Schaaff, Esq.

Bridget (“B”) Schaaff, Esq. is the 2018-2019 If/When/How Reproductive Justice Federal Policy Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force. Bridget works primarily on administrative and legislative advocacy related to healthcare, immigration, education, employment, and more.

Bridget is passionate about employment and labor protections, especially for LGBTQ people. Bridget has published law review articles on rights of workers in the sharing economy and health benefits for transgender and nonbinary employees. During law school, Bridget worked at the Oregon Department of Justice, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and the Oregon House of Representatives, and as a tutor in the Legal Research and Writing Program at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Bridget graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in May 2018, with a concentration in Public Law and Policy. Bridget graduated summa cum laude from Flagler College with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science.

The DC Dialogues Executive Board Civil Dialogues Series consists of a workshop lineup inspired by issues and ideas from the NYU DC Student community. One of the most important democratic issues of today is how people communicate with one another. Citizens gathering, listening to each other and deciding a way forward together is the bedrock of American democracy. Reflecting on this past, how do people engage one another in civil and constructive dialogue to help bridge ideological divides? With the hopes of addressing division within communities, individuals must listen to and learn from each other.