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Get Involved with GLSEN Tennessee

Do you have a passion for safe schools? LGBTQ advocacy? Making learning spaces more welcoming for all students? This is the opportunity you've been looking for! We are seeking individuals who have demonstrated leadership in youth programming, community organizing, advocacy, and education to volunteer their time and energy to GLSEN Tennessee! Chapter leaders are the decision makers and ambassadors for creating safe schools throughout Tennessee. 

Applicants must:

  • Be committed to the mission of creating safe schools for LGBTQ students
  • Attend monthly meetings (in-person or by conference call)
  • Participate in committee work for implementation and sustainability
  • Reside in Tennessee

What do our chapter leaders do?

Student & Community Organizing | Our chapter leaders work with LGBT and ally K-12 students and Gay-Straight Alliances across the region to provide support for development, programming, and sustainability. Our youth programming is led by our SHINE Student Leadership Team, a group of energetic students who are leaders in their own schools and are committed to spreading the work of GLSEN. Our students and supporters engage in various activities throughout the year including Day of Silence, No Name-Calling Week, Ally Week, Transgender Awareness Week, as well as other days of action and initiatives that support safe schools.

Policy & Advocacy | GLSEN's advocacy efforts occur on the macro level to influence state and federal laws, community ordinances, and local school board policies that create safer learning environments for LGBT youth. On the micro level, we frequently work directly with educators, counselors, school administrators, and other individuals to ensure the use of best practices for supporting LGBT students in schools and other institutions.

Education | Our chapter leaders can become certified by GLSEN's National Education Office to facilitate skill-building workshops and other educational and professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and other youth-serving individuals using the Safe Space curriculum and related programming. GLSEN's Safe Space campaign provides concrete strategies for supporting LGBT students, including how to educate about anti-LGBT bias.

Sustainability | GLSEN Tennessee is entirely volunteer driven! Board members and volunteers must strive to meet annual fundraising goals to support the work of the chapter. 100% of funds raised are directed back into services and programs that support students. Most importantly, our chapter leaders must develop and maintain meaningful and fulfilling relationships with a diverse network of community partners in order to sustain our capacity to serve LGBT students across Middle Tennessee!

If you are interested in becoming a board member for GLSEN Tennessee, please email