Too many young people in North Dakota and across the U.S. are not getting the information and support they need to develop healthy attitudes and behaviors related to human sexuality. Despite the fact that sexuality has literally existed for as long as humans have been around, most of us feel uncomfortable addressing it. Safe Spaces for Teachers aims to change that.

During the workshop, various topics related to sexuality, like body image, relationships, and social media, are presented to the participants. As a group, we discussed the issues that we see in our own schools and how they connect to the information presented in the workshop. This workshop helps teachers understand new topics and concerns that young adults encounter on their journey to adulthood. It helps provide a foundation to help those young adults make informed choices based on facts instead of the misinformation that may be gathered in hallways and streets.

It’s disturbing to see that state lawmakers would attempt to block our access to this class. We are adults. We are professionals in this field. Do they not respect us enough to seek out professional development as we see fit to best serve our students?

I see knowledge as power and that power can create improved understanding and compassion. We can all use a little more of both.

Leslie Wilkie lives in Dickinson, N.D.

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