Ksenija Joksimovic

Ksenija Joksimovic has 3 references for past work as a trainer.

Ksenija Joksimovic

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Current occupation

PhD researcher, social justice educator and trainer

Work experience

I have been working as a trainer, youth worker, and mentor in the last 10 years, on the local, national, and international levels in the field of human rights education, youth work, professional orientation, and career counselling. My international activism has developed through my past roles as a Co-Chair, and previously a member of the Executive Board of IGLYO - the world's biggest LGBTIQ Youth and Student Organization based in Brussels, Belgium. In that context, I had the privilege to facilitate several international trainings for LGBTQI activists based on the intersectional and norm-critical framework, and was a co-author of IGLYO's Norm Criticism Toolkit, developed for activists and youth workers with the aim to help them develop a more inclusive, norm-critical, and intersectional human rights education (https://www.iglyo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Norm-Toolkit-WEB.pdf).
My approach to social justice education, youth work, and human rights education is grounded in critical pedagogy and intersectionality theory. Moreover, my human rights education work is based on action and drama techniques based on Psychodrama and Theatre of the Oppressed methodology.

Examples of the training courses I co-facilitated and co-designed:

''Tapping Skills in Drama and Play'' (2019), an international training course for youth workers from Serbia and Malta, working with different minority groups. The training was organized in two parts (the main training in Belgrade and the follow-up in Malta), on the use of Theatre of the Oppressed methodology and drama methods in youth work to tackle social exclusion and discrimination. The training was grounded in intersectionality theory and critical pedagogy, with specific sessions dedicated to understanding the theoretical and practical aspects of both approaches. It was organized within Erasmus + platform, as a collaboration between ALTERO organization from Belgrade, Serbia, and Right to Smile foundation from Malta.

International training course ''Playing for Equality'' (2017-2018), organized by OKO organization from Serbia, designed based on critical pedagogy and intersectionality, aimed to promote human rights of different marginalized social groups, especially LGBTQI people, prevent and combat discrimination and social exclusion, through the use of drama techniques and theatre production. The project was implemented with partner organizations from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, and Montenegro, within the Erasmus + program.
Link: http://www.okoorg.rs/playing-for-equality-2

IGLYO's First Activist Academy (2017), the five-day intensive skills-based training programme for young people in Europe who have a strong interest in LGBTQI human rights. It involved a set of practical modules on topics such as public speaking, campaigning, creating trans-inclusive organizations, video editing, and community organizing, all delivered by leading global LGBTQI+ organizations.
Link: https://www.iglyo.com/activist-academy-2017-brought-the-lgtbqi-community-together/

Educational pathway

Currently, I am finalising my PhD research (to be defended at the University of Verona in 2023) on experiences of resilience of LGBTQI, and specifically trans social justice activists from 7 European countries.
As a holder of the European Commission's full Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, I graduated from 2 years International Master programme in Adult Education for Social Change (coordinated by the University of Glasgow, and delivered together with the University of Malta, Tallinn University, and the Open University of Cyprus), in 2018.
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Andragogy (Adult education) from the University of Belgrade, Serbia (was awarded as the best student in my cohort).

I am the author of the book Activist Identity Development of Transgender Social Justice Activists and Educators, published by Brill Sense Publishers (https://brill.com/view/title/57036?language=en). The book introduces an anti-oppressive, critical, and intersectional approach to social justice activism and social justice education. One of the six chapters of the book elaborates on my Master's thesis research on the same topic, which was grounded in critical educational research paradigm and intersectionality theory.
Furthermore, I am a Psychodrama Counsellor, certified by the Regional Association for Psychodrama and Integrative psychotherapy (RAIP), a psychotherapy training institute in Belgrade, Serbia. Currently, I am finalising the postgraduate training programme in psychodrama psychotherapy, towards the certification of a group psychotherapist (5 years long postgraduate programme).

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Bullying & Harassment
  • (expert) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (expert) Creativity & Art
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (expert) Drama & Theatre
  • (expert) Equal Opportunities
  • (expert) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (expert) Human Rights
  • (expert) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (expert) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (advanced) New Information Technologies
  • (advanced) Organizational Management
  • (expert) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (advanced) Project Management
  • (expert) Public Speaking
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (advanced) Social Media
  • (expert) Storytelling & Humour
  • (expert) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (expert) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (advanced) Youth Policy
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (advanced) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (advanced) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (advanced) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (advanced) International Youth Structures

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Children
  • (expert) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (expert) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (expert) Minorities
  • (expert) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (advanced) Young People in/from Conflict Areas

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (expert) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (expert) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (expert) South East Europe

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (fluent) Serbian

Trainer references

  • ''Tapping Skills in Drama and Play''

    Validated (2022-10-13)
    The training activity took place
    in Belgrade, Serbia and St. Lucia, Malta
    organised by ALTERO organization from Belgrade, Serbia, and Right to Smile foundation from Malta
    2nd and the 7th of September in Belgrade, Serbia. This will be followed by a Follow Up Activity in Malta from the 1st to the 3rd of November 2019.
    Reference person

    Marijana Radulovic

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  • International training course ''Playing for Equality'' (2017-2018)

    Validated (2022-10-14)
    The training activity took place
    in Vrsac, Serbia
    organised by OKO- Organisation of Creative Grouping from Serbia
    24.05.2017- 31.05.2017
    Reference person

    Demir Mekic

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  • IGLYO's First Activist Academy (2017)

    Validated (2022-10-13)
    The training activity took place
    organised by IGLYO
    17.07. 2017.-21.07.2017.
    Reference person

    Angela Ceh

    (Peer Mentor)
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This profile was last modified on 2022-10-12

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