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Annual Fall Conference

Both/And: GLSEN Massachusetts Annual Fall Conference
Saturday, November 14th
Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, 161 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, MA

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The theme of the 2015 GLSEN Fall Conference is "Both/And." With this theme, we strive to explore our varied and multiple identities, how they connect and overlap, and how they are impacted by place and context. We want conference attendees to bring their whole selves to the conference and build together.


Student Registration   Educator & Adult Registration

Registration is free for all middle and high school students. Lunch is provided as part of your registration. 



Registration is $30 for all educators, administrators, counselors, nurses, coaches, teachers, parents, family members, students in higher education and nonprofit professionals. Lunch is provided as part of your registration.



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Become a Conference Exhibitor:

GLSEN Massachusetts conferences are an opportunity for hundreds of students and educators to spend a day building community and sharing resources for creating safer, more affirming schools for LGBTQ youth, educators, and their allies.Exhibitors enjoy a high profile during and before the conference through social media, materials and exhibit space. Click here to become a conference exhibitor.


Conference Keynote Speakers:

Vero González


Vero González is a queer femme-inist writer and teacher from San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Her work—both teaching and writing—is heavily informed by her experience navigating and negotiating her intersecting identities.  She is the director of the ELA department at the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, which means she gets to spend her day talking about feminism, social justice, and literature with teenagers.  Vero is the 2015 recipient of A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Touching Lives Fellowship, and has a MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.  She likes cupcakes. 


Photo of Lars Iris 

Lars Iris is a junior at Westfield High School and hopes to go to college for Urban Planning. She enjoys playing Roller Derby, learning just about anything in the social studies fields, particularly social issues in history and what caused them. She also is a huge flag nerd and is the section leader of the trombone section in her school band. Lars Iris has been active in her GSA since the beginning of her sophomore year at the school, she grew quickly and by the end of the year she held a place on the officer team. That Summer she attended the Massachusetts GSA Leadership Summit, where she became a leader for the western region of GSAs in Massachusetts.

She has a special connection to the GLSEN Fall Conference, as last year this was the first conference she has ever attended, and the first workshop she attended was her own. Thanks to her wonderful friends, that day was also the first day she ever wore a skirt. She hopes to make this year's fall conference just as memorable for everyone involved. She's ecstatic to be the keynote speaker for this year's conference and she'd like to thank her friends, boyfriend, her family, and of course the folks who made this conference possible.

Conference Schedule:

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Opening Session & Keynotes
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Workshop Session 1
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM 
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Workshop Session 2
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Workshop Session 3
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Closing Session