Topic Tag: GSA

Why is a GSA Important?

Why is a GSA Important? There are many benefits that come with a GSA at school: Research repeatedly shows that schools with GSAs have far less fear-based absenteeism and harassment of LGBTQ students. Feelings of school safety are 36% higher in schools with GSAs. Students in schools with GSAs were less likely to skip school …

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Resources and References

Resources and References Resources for starting or supporting a GSA: GLSEN’s GSA Study: https://www.glsen.org/gsa-study GLSEN GSA Resources: ​​https://www.glsen.org/support-student-gsas GSA Network, a national network and provider of resources for GSAs, including an Advisor Handbook and tips for getting started: https://gsanetwork.org/what-is-a-gsa/ Fink, K. (2021). Practical tips for running an effective GSA. We are Teachers. https://www.weareteachers.com/gsa-tips/ Fiorellini, N. (2018). 5 …

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Extra Credit

Extra Credit Janie Wilkerson, LPC-MHSP In the video above, Janie Wilkerson discusses how we can think about supporting LGBTQ students without “pathologizing” them. This is a term that psychologists use to describe behaviors or viewpoints that focus only on the risks and challenges LGBTQ students face. In contrast, it’s possible for LGBTQ students to have …

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Conclusion

Lesson Conclusion You may be wondering if schools can prevent students from forming a GSA. A number of legal decisions have established that the federal Equal Access Act of 1984 guarantees that a public school cannot treat a GSA differently than other pre-existing clubs at the school. Schools also cannot prevent the forming of a …

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How do We Start a GSA?

How do We Start or Support a GSA? Here are some tips for starting or supporting a GSA in your school: Find resources online or in your community. GLSEN offers a GSA jump-start guide: https://www.glsen.org/jumpstart or visit GSANetwork.org.  This blog for teachers offers additional “practical tips”: https://www.weareteachers.com/gsa-tips/  Other schools in your district may have active …

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Reflection/Discussion 2

Reflection/Discussion Click on each header below to reveal each reflection question. If you are taking this course as a group, you may choose to address these questions as discussion items.  Reflection/Discussion Item 4 How might you respond to people in your school community who are uncomfortable with the idea of affirming LGBTQ students through the …

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GSA Advisors

GSA Advisors How do faculty, staff, and school administrators support GSAs? A survey of GSA advisors indicates that most faculty advisors are white, cisgender, and heterosexual. Many refer to themselves as “facilitators” or “moderators,” acknowledging the importance of student leadership in GSAs’ activities. Faculty advisors most often serve as a liaison with school staff and …

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GSA Activities

GSA Activities What are some of the specific activities of a GSA? There are no set rules or requirements, but many GSAs engage in: Peer support–a place for students to meet, discuss challenges, and build community Socializing–which may include activities and event planning Education and advocacy–which includes learning about LGBTQ issues, inviting guest speakers, sharing …

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