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FAQs: About Chapters

What are GLSEN chapters?

GLSEN chapters are community-based interest groups of people accredited as a GLSEN chapter, who work to bring GLSEN’s programs and visions to their communities on a local level. They are supported in their work by the GLSEN National offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

There are currently almost 40 GLSEN chapters serving communities large and small around the country. Most chapters are volunteer-based, although a few have a full or part-time staff member. A diverse range of people from students to parents, teachers to administrators, and local community members are involved in chapter work: ensuring safe schools for all.

What do GLSEN chapters do?

All chapters work within GLSEN’s Mission, Vision, and Policy Platform but no two chapters have exactly the same list of projects. Most chapter work focuses on one of three things: supporting, educating or training youth, teachers and/or administrators on how to create safe schools for all in their local communities. This work takes many different forms from facilitating GLSEN trainings or providing students with resources to organize to lobbying and policy work.

Chapters can choose to engage in a diverse selection of programming related to GLSEN's mission. Some of the areas that chapters work on include Student Programs (student leadership development, GSA networking, Days of Actions, etc.), Educator Programs (workshops/trainings for students, educators, community members, etc.), Community Engagement (tabling, TV, radio), public policy (passing and implementing local, state, and federal safe schools legislation), Research, and Fundraising.

You can find out more about the GLSEN’s work in public policy, research, education, public awareness and student organizing throughout www.glsen.org.

How can I support my local GLSEN chapter??

There are many ways you can support your local GLSEN chapter and the best way to find out is to contact that chapter directly. To find a chapter near you click here! If you can’t find a chapter near you, consider starting one. Find out more about starting a chapter by emailing Rmartinez@glsen.org

What is the relationship between chapters and GLSEN National?

Each chapter has a designated liaison from the Community Initiatives Department who is their contact for all questions and support. Community Initiatives staff provide comprehensive support to chapter leaders by conducting monthly calls and yearly visits with each chapter as well as providing ongoing support via email and phone. Chapters receive a regular newsletter from the Community Initiatives Department, information via a password-protected Chapter Intranet, access to various GLSEN National resources, trainings and development opportunities and operational assistance (website , unified accounting system and constituent management software).

Chapters must report on their programmatic and financial activities on a quarterly basis and complete an annual accreditation process in order to be officially recognized as a GLSEN chapter.