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SHINE Student Leadership Team

Our SHINE team's primary goals are:
  • To educate students and the community about LGBTQ issues in schools
  • Empower them to create social change through peer-to-peer education, student leadership, and safe schools organizing.

Our team accomplishes these goals by facilitating a series of student-designed and led workshops at the annual True Colors Conference and chapter-sponsored events such as the Safe Schools Summit. Student leaders also engage in community outreach by tabling, guest speaking, and facilitating workshops at various schools and conferences throughout the state about their efforts to make schools safer for ALL students. 

All SHINE Meetings are on Sundays, 10am-1pm, at the New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange St., in New Haven: 

  • October 22
  • November 26
  • December 17
  • January 28
  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 22
  • May 27
  • June 24

If you cannot attend SHINE meetings in person, you can attend remotely via Zoom- just let us know! For questions about meetings, events, or becoming a student leader, please e-mail Adult Coordinator Jeff Bianco at

NOW Accepting applications for the GLSEN Connecticut 2017-2018 SHINE Team! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Download the application from Resource Downloads (blue box on the right hand side) and please submit here.