Ted Lewis (they/them) is an out and proud queer and genderqueer leader who grew up in an interracial family, who were engaged in conversations of justice, equity, and difference at the dinner table. They have dedicated their professional life to making the world better for LGBTQ+ people.
- Executive Director, Side by Side (2016 - 2021)
- Inaugural Associate Director for LGBTQ+ Campus Life, University of Richmond (2012-2016)
- Special Projects & Outreach Coordinator, Campus Pride (2014-2016)
- Inaugural Assistant Director for Sexual/Gender Diversity, UNC Charlotte (2008-2012)
- Master's Certificate, Women's & Gender Studies, UNC Charlotte (2010)
- MEd in Higher Education & Student Affairs, University of South Carolina (2006)
- BA in English & History, University of Mary Washington (2004)
Assisted in the formation and launch of LGBTQ+ employee resource groups at Dominion Energy, Markel Insurance, and more.
Provided LGBTQ+ inclusivity training to more than 25 corporations and businesses including Altria, Capital One, EAB, Snagajob, McKesson Medical, Markel Insurance, Dominion Energy, and more.
Partnered with state agencies on LGBTQ+ inclusion including the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, and the Virginia Governor's Office.
Consulted on the development of policy guidance for transgender students in K-12 schools for the Virginia Department of Education.
Consulted on development of LGBTQ+ resources, Safe Zone programs, and policies for UNC Charlotte, University of Richmond, Virginia State University, John Tyler Community College, and more.
Experience working with faith based leaders and organizations on LGBTQ+ inclusion including the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Richmond First Baptist Church, and more.
Many people live by the mantra, "meet you where you are," but my approach is to meet you a few steps beyond where you are in your journey so we can work together to go further towards full inclusion. Sometimes we have to get a little uncomfortable to get to a place where everyone is truly welcomed.
While my consultation focuses on LGBTQ+ inclusion, LGBTQ+ people come from all racial backgrounds, ethnic groups, religions, faiths, political ideologies, and economic backgrounds. True LGBTQ+ inclusion must always come with conversations about the wholeness of our community.
When most organizations, corporations, or schools developed their policies, procedures, and culture, LGBTQ+ people were not a part of the conversation. Real inclusion is about shifting our perspective to encompass the fullness of our communities and recognize the need for change that takes into account that new perspective.