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Transgender Athletes in International Schools: How to Support and Include All Students | Global Take

In this episode of Global Take we will again talk about a worldwide issue but in the context of international schools. The inclusion of transgender athletes in high school, university and professional sports has divided people for years and with more and more students transitioning many international school athlete conferences are adopting policies which insure that all students have the ability to participate. The panel will discuss issues surrounding those policies, the effect of the mainstream media, and more on this episode of Global Take.

Please join Laura Davies (Athletics Director, Lanna International School), Shelley Wowchuk (Director of Athletics and Activities, KIS International School) and Shawn Jeffrey (Director of Athletics and Activities, International School Curitiba). Hosted by Nick DeForest (Assistant Director of the Events Office, American International School Vienna).

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  • 0:00 Global Take Introduction
  • 2:16 Guest introductions
  • 4:15 What experience do you have with trans athletes?
  • 7:25 What steps should we take in creating inclusive policies?
  • 16:38 How can we be sensitive to the different cultural beliefs?
  • 22:13 Challenges starting conversations about transgender athletes
  • 27:30 Travel concerns with transgender athletes
  • 29:07 What impact does the American media narrative have on decisions made?
  • 35:55 School Spotlight: International School of Curitiba, Brazil
  • 40:55 Final takeaways
Global Take
Global Take is an initiative by SchoolRubric to help connect, inform, and share stories and strategies specific to international schools. Through live episodes, school spotlights, and more, we strive to share our passion for international education and ultimately help improve student outcomes in these global communities.