Diversity Summit 2023

Protecting and Advancing
Trans Health

October 5, 3-6:30 p.m.
In-person in Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)
750 Highland Ave.
Registration closes Oct. 3

Register by Oct. 3

Parking information

Attendees coming from outside the west part of campus for the summit are strongly encouraged to take public transportation or share a ride with other attendees. Parking in the UW Health Patient & Visitor lot 75 is very limited and we would like to make sure that patients and visitors have space to park. Lot 76 next to Nielsen Tennis Stadium has slightly more capacity for visitor parking, we encourage you to park there before considering lot 75.

An event co-sponsored by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health


Welcome: 3-3:20 p.m.

  • Welcome by T Banks, community organizer, a mental wellness advocate, poet and playwright
  • Welcome message by Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, MA, CDM, SMPH Associate Dean for Diversity & Equity Transformation; UW Health Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer
  • Opening remarks by Robert N. Golden, MD, Dean of SMPH

Keynote: 3:20-4:25 p.m.

  • Spotlight on Trans Healthcare by Ronni Hayon, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Keynote address by Laura Minero, PhD, “Creating Communities for Trans and Nonbinary Thriving: An Intersectional, Anti-racist and Radical Love Approach”
  • Q&A session
  • Break

Choose a breakout session: 5-5:45 p.m.

  • Increasing Access to Gender Affirming Care through an Innovative Advocacy Partnership
  • Gender Diversity Inclusion as Researchers and in Research: How to Use A Community-Based Approach
  • Advancing Trans Health by Recognizing and Addressing Bias

Reception and closing: 5:45-6:30

  • Reception in the HSLC Atrium with limited hot appetizers from Migrants Madison
  • Closing by Adrienne Hampton, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Keynote speaker

Creating Communities for Trans and Nonbinary Thriving:
An Intersectional, Anti-racist and Radical Love Approach

Laura P. Minero

Laura P. Minero, PhD, LP
Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Dr. Laura Minero (She/Us/Our/Ella) is a Latinx, queer, gender expansive and formerly undocumented, bilingual and bicultural, immigrant licensed psychologist who specializes in working with BIPOC, 2SQT+, Spanish-speaking and immigrant youth and adults via her labor of love, Yolotl Libre Therapy, Training, and Consulting. As founder of Yolotl Libre, she serves as an anti-racist, community healing, liberation, 2SQT+ and trauma-informed, culture of health consultant and has given over 150 keynote speeches and trainings for international and national audiences. Dr. Minero earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2020. She is a peer-reviewed scientific author and her scholarly work has included contributing to scientific consensus studies used to inform national policy as a 2019 Christine Mirzayan Science Policy and Technology Fellow with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Her research with undocumented and asylum-seeking transgender immigrants and the intersections of transphobia, racism, and trauma was supported by prestiguous Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship awards. Her dissertation critiqued U.S. Detention and Asylum-seeking processes for incurring trauma and psychological sequela on Latinx, transgender immigrants and earned APA’s Division 44’s (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity) 2020 Transgender People and Gender Diversity Research Award, the National Latinx Psychological Association’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, Association for Hispanics in Higher Education 1st Place Dissertation Award, and the 2022 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Committee for Global Psychology, American Psychological Association. Dr. Minero has received several state and national awards in recognition of her reforming and re-imagining oppressive systems that primarily and adversely impact communities of color, immigrants, and 2SQT+/LGBTQ+ folx via community healing and love centered approaches. Dr. Minero was featured by Our Live’s Magazine as an influential leader on their Queer People of Color 2017 Pride List and received the 2017 Alix Olson Award for the Promotion of a Tolerant and Just Community and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 2020 Outstanding Woman of Color Award in recognition of her advocacy. She has also received awards from the National Latinx Psychological Association and American Psychological Association’s Division for Counseling Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race.

Breakout sessions

HSLC 1335: Increasing Access to Gender Affirming Care through an Innovative Advocacy Partnership

Nurse Navigators at the Gender Affirming Care Clinic and Health Justice Advocates at the Center for Patient Partnerships have joined forces to help patients navigate the healthcare system as they pursue gender affirming care. Advocacy efforts include streamlining prior authorizations for care, appealing insurance denials, supporting care coordination and more. This session will share common barriers faced by patients, describe the partnership and share success stories in ensuring patient access to care. Available UW Health resources will be shared and the audience will have a chance to ask questions and share experiences.

  • Callen Smith, RN, Gender Services Program Coordinator, UW Health
    • Callen has been at UW Health since 2016 where they started their nursing work with transgender and gender diverse patients in the pediatric and adolescent transgender health clinic (PATH clinic). In 2018 they became UW Health’s first gender services navigator providing guidance for patients pursuing gender-affirming surgery. Callen completed their master’s degree at Edgewood College in Nursing Administration in 2021 and is now the Gender Services Program Coordinator at UW Health. Callen has presented at trans health conferences across the country Callen’s work includes educating staff across the organization, supporting the growth of UW Health’s Gender Services program and partnering with DEI initiatives to support LGBTQ+ patients and staff.
  • Sarah Davis, JD, MPA, Director, Center for Patient Partnerships
    • Sarah Davis is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin where she teaches about patient advocacy, health and public health law, including in the service-learning Health Justice Clinic (HJC) as supervising attorney.  Student advocates in the HJC support patients referred from the Gender Services Program to successfully appeal insurance denials of care. Sarah has dedicated her career to transforming health and civil justice systems to center people.  She is the Principal Investigator on several academic-community service projects and has published and presented extensively on patient engagement, quality improvement co-design methods, and medical and legal curricular innovations.
  • Katrina Becker, RN, Gender Services Navigator, UW Health
  • Madeline Koengeter, JD candidate

HSLC 1325: Gender Diversity Inclusion as Researchers and in Research: How to Use A Community-Based Approach

The presenters will provide information regarding best practices in community engaged research with transgender and nonbinary communities. They will provide case examples of current and past research projects, as well as provide lessons learned for future research projects.

  • Stephanie Budge, PhD, associate professor of counseling psychology and director, Trans CARE Collaborative
    • Dr. Stephanie Budge (she/her) is a licensed psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and the Director of the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity program in the Collaborative Center for Health Equity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her clinical work and research focus on improving medical and psychotherapy treatments (and access to care) for Two Spirit, trans, and nonbinary (2STNB) youth and adults. She founded the Trans CARE Collaborative at UW-Madison in 2014. Dr. Budge is currently an Associate Editor of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Transgender Health. She loves to make pasta from scratch and to go hiking with her wife and four-year-old child.
  • Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics
    • Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH (she/her) is an Adolescent Medicine physician in the Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Health (PATH) clinic at UW Health Kids. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Her research focuses on the ways gender diverse youth use social media and the potential for digital technology to promote socioemotional wellbeing.
  • Elliot Tebbe, PhD, LP, assistant professor of nursing
    • Elliot Tebbe, PhD, LP (he/him) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at UW-Madison. Elliot graduated with his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida, and his research centers on investigating factors that contribute to mental health and well-being among trans, nonbinary, and queer communities and populations. In his teaching, Elliot is passionate about improving health care for queer and trans people, and helping students think critically to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to the complex situations and contexts in which they live and work.
  • Megan Gour, LCSW, social worker, UW Health
  • Joonwoo Lee, M.Ed, doctoral student, counseling psychology

HSLC 1306: Advancing Trans Health by Recognizing and Addressing Bias

Presenters will identify and address misconceptions and “myths” that are commonly encountered in discussions about gender-affirming care provision. Through conversation about specific misconceptions we regularly encounter in our roles as clinicians and advocates, we will explore how misinformation often reinforces biases and worsens health outcomes for trans people. Additionally, we aim to empower attendees to find ways to actively support trans, non-binary, gender-expansive (GNC) people.

  • Ronni Hayon, MD, associate professor of family medicine and community health
  • AJ Hardie, PhD, OutReach Madison
    • AJ is the Program Director at OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center. AJ was born and raised in North Carolina, but has lived in Madison for the past 10 years. AJ has been passionate about community work since their childhood and first experiences volunteering as a preschooler serving hot meals at a men’s shelter in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their lived experience as a queer transgender person and desire to use their background and education to support and advocate for their community led them to their current position at OutReach, where they have worked since April of 2022.
  • Scott Chaiet, MD, MBA, associate professor of surgery
  • Akillah Wali, LPC, Mental Health Clinician, UW Health

Questions about this event? Contact SMPH Signature Events at smphevents@med.wisc.edu.

Accessibility statement: 
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is committed to accessibility. If you need an accommodation to attend or participate in this event, please contact the SMPH signature events team at smphevents@med.wisc.edu. We ask that accommodation requests be made no less than two weeks before an event. We will make a thorough attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.