CRANFORD, NJ - The Union Owls Athletic Department in coordination with College Life and Garden State Equality presented a Healthy Relationship and Safer Sex Personal Development Training. The two hour training consisted of various topics related to healthier relationships and safer sex. Dr. Tyree Oredein of Garden State Equality was the facilitator of this training. Dr. Oredein's presentation was interactive with our student athletes using Q&A, videos, facts, humor and her own personal stories. The Union athletic department is committed to educating its student athletes on current topics to help them make more informed decisions. "Our student athletes gained an insightful experience into relationships...Dr. Oredein's presentation was raw, real and relatable for our student athletes" commented Director of Athletics, Shawn Noël.
About Dr. Tyree Oredein
Dr. Oredein has an extensive background in creating and ensuring safe spaces for sexual minority youth in academic, professional, social service, and community settings. Since 2005, she has delivered hundreds of Professional Development training workshops to more than 5,000 administrators, educators, social service & medical providers, police officers, correction officers, graduate and undergraduate students, high school students, peer educators, and community members.
Additionally, Dr. Oredein has facilitated numerous workshops on HIV/AIDS, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), STIs, sexuality, healthy relationships, media and health literacy, and other pertinent topics affecting youth. She has visited K through 12 settings to deliver presentations on anti-bullying and acceptance in an effort to create safer spaces in schools and has been a fixture at various LGBTQIA+ youth forums and summits across New Jersey. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Say Ah!, a non-profit agency dedicated to increasing health literacy, and she is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Public Health.
About Garden State Equality
Established in 2004, Garden State Equality (GSE) is the largest LGBT advocacy organization in New Jersey and one of the most successful statewide civil rights organization for the LGBT community in the nation. Our services include advocacy, policy work, and trainings.
Our signature programs are: Map & Expand, Pledge & Protect, and Teach & Affirm.
In collaboration with community partners, Garden State Equality led efforts to ensure nondiscrimination for transgender people and gender nonconforming people in New Jersey, we passed the most comprehensive anti-bullying law in the country, ended sexual orientation and gender identity/expression change efforts in New Jersey (sometimes called conversion therapy), and brought marriage equality to the Garden State!
All our current work is informed by racial, economic, and disability justice concerns. We are working to address safe environments for youth, improvement of health services that meet LGBT community needs, and respectful treatment of seniors. Beyond that, Garden State Equality supports New Jersey's activist community by bringing an LGBT lens to the shared struggle for justice.
Garden State Equality is a member of the Equality Federation.