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Postcard from San Diego: GLSEN in Action
by Eliza Byard, GLSEN Executive Director
GLSEN is the sum of many remarkable parts, talented and dedicated and impressive individuals who have come together in the service of our common vision for a better future through change in our schools. Find out the many ways GLSEN was showcased at a conference for school counselors in San Diego, CA just last weekend.
Good role models are an important way to demonstrate to students how to contribute to the growth and well-being of one's community. This May 23rd GLSEN will be proud to honor five outstanding role models from the corporate, entertainment and financial industries. Find out how Barclays Capital, Chely Wright, Susie Scher, Allison Grover and our forthcoming 2011 Educator of the Year have supported GLSEN and been driving forces for creating safer schools for all.
We did it and your daily votes helped get us there! On February 23 the Pepsi Refresh Everything Challenge votes were validated. GLSEN was the recipient of a $250,000 grant to help place Safe Space Kits in 10,000 schools. See what Eliza Byard had to say the morning after the voting concluded.
GLSEN's Education Department Gives Trainings in NV, OK
GLSEN's Education Department has been on the move, traveling to Nevada and Oklahoma to work with both corporate and community partners. We helped educate school lunchroom staff and trained middle and high school educators about the needs of LGBT youth.
Creative Expression Contest Deadline Extended to March 4
March 4th is the new deadline for submissions to the No Name-Calling Week Creative Expression Contest. This year we have had some amazing artwork submitted and we want to make sure that all schools have an opportunity to submit their students’ entries.
State legislative sessions are well underway, and 2011 has brought a mix of very promising safe schools bills and very disappointing legislative measures that harm and isolate LGBT students. GLSEN is working with partner organizations to stymie these negative measures.
Our Network now contains 34 Chapters around the country. The seven new chapters are: Houston, New Hampshire, Southeast Michigan, Southern Nevada, East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and Orlando. We'd like to introduce you to five of them.
March is Women's History Month, an important time to pay special attention to the contributions of women to our societies, cultures, and history. As a part of GLSEN's Days of Support, we are encouraging students to take the time during March to recognize the contributions of women, particularly to the LGBT and Safe Schools movements.
When former GLSEN Board Member Ric Weiland died in 2006, he left a legacy by remembering GLSEN in his estate plans with a gift that was our largest ever. We will be forever grateful for his commitment to our mission. Learn how you can include GLSEN in your estate plans.
ABOUT GLSEN'S NATIONAL SPONSORS
GLSEN is grateful to Cisco, a GLSEN National Sponsor and sponsor of No Name-Calling Week. Each year GLSEN receives support from a variety of institutions, including private foundations, corporations and corporate foundations. National Sponsors make significant annual commitments to GLSEN. Learn more.