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National Student Council

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The National Student Council (NSC) is a GLSEN-sponsored youth leadership and engagement program. It is open to all youth currently enrolled in high school in the United States. Members of the National Student Council dedicate their time, passion, and commitment to the mission of LGBTQ-inclusive schools while elevating the voices of marginalized groups within the LGBTQ community, including (but not limited to) youth of color, youth in rural communities, and transgender and gender nonconforming youth.

Applications for the 2017-2018 NSC are now closed. Applicants will be notified if they have advanced, and finalists will be notified in May. 

Learn more from what current NSC members have to say about their experiences.

Photo of GLSEN's National Student Council and Representative John Lewis in D.C.
The 2016-2017 NSC meets with Rep. Lewis

Members of GLSEN's National Student Council:

  • Attend an all-expenses-paid, four-day leadership summit in Phoenix, Arizona this summer, where they participate in workshops and gain valuable leadership experience through group exercises, individual storytelling opportunities, and thoughtful discussions about power, privilege, oppression, and intersectionality
  • Advise GLSEN programming and campaigns, offering valuable insight to our staff and Board of Directors
  • Share their stories with movers and shakers in the LGBTQ movement, from policymakers to media to donors
  • Present workshops and participate in panels at national conferences and at GLSEN events
  • Serve as media ambassadors for GLSEN, giving interviews to national media outlets
  • Create their own content that offers insight into the experiences of LGBTQ youth in school
  • Network with major players in the LGBTQ movement via events such as the GLSEN Respect Awards 
  • Gain professional development through attendance at renowned social justice and activist conferences and conferences dedicated to the LGBTQ movement

Meet the 2016-2017 National Student Council! 

Click on an image to learn more about each member of GLSEN's National Student Council!

Headshot of Drew AdamsHeadshot of James BuckHeadshot of Danny CharneyHeadshot of Queen CornishHeadshot of DJ FlamHeadshot of Emme Goldman
Headshot of Miguel JohnsonRowan LittleHeadshot of Luis LujanHeadshot of Madison MiszewskiHeadshot of Ezra MoralesHeadshot of Matt Nadel
Headshot of Charlie PeñaHeadshot of Alex PhillipsHeadshot of Katie RegittkoHeadshot of Rebekah RobinsonHeadshot of Kian Tortorello-AllenHeadshot of Keress Weidner

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