What is the Safe Schools Summit?
GLSEN Connecticut’s third-ever statewide Safe Schools Summit is a student-led and chapter-coordinated effort to empower youth, educators, and other community allies with the knowledge, resources, and skills to make their schools safer for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. At this conference, middle and high school students, teachers, and other professionals from across the state of Connecticut will learn about LGBTQ+ issues, such as resisting homophobia and transphobia; how bias-based behavior and discriminatory practices in schools negatively impact LGBTQ+ students and their allies; and how to become the best ally possible. This youth-led and -focused conference will feature speakers, workshops, and even an after-party!
What are the goals of the summit?
During the Safe Schools Summit, GLSEN Connecticut is determined to:
- Offer participants a safe and supportive environment to explore and utilize tools and resources for improving their school climates.
- Provide participants with networking opportunities and strategies for promoting more inclusive and equitable environments for students in their school and community.
- Empower participants to change the climate of bullying and harassment in their schools.
Who is leading the summit?
GLSEN Connecticut’s SHINE Student Leadership Team and chapter leaders will facilitate workshops and activities for participants on how to make their schools safer for all. The summit will also feature an diverse array of workshops facilitated by our community partners (more information on this coming soon!). This year, we're honored and proud to host morning and afternoon keynote speakers Stonewall Speaker David Knapp and queer activist Seth Wallace!
Who is this summit for?
Everyone who wants to make schools safer and more affirming and inclusive for ALL students, especially LGBTQ+ youth. This includes Gr. K-12 students/youth, parents and families, educators, school administrators and staff, social workers, counselors, community leaders, and concerned citizens.
When and where is the summit being held?
The summit is being held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9am-4pm (After-Party/Social: 4-6pm) at the First Congregational Church (FCC) of Southington, 37 Main St., Southington, CT 06489. Registration is 8:30-9am. The schedule and list of workshops will be released in April.
Are there any costs or fees?
This summit is $10 for youth (Gr. K-12 students); $20 for adults (educators, community members not in Gr. K-12); and $100 for groups of 10 (includes youth and adults). This cost includes registration, programming, breakfast, refreshments, lunch, and the after-party.
However, we will not refuse entrance to the summit based on an inability to pay and will take any donation, which will underwrite some of the operational costs of the summit. If cost is an issue for you or your GSA, please e-mail email@example.com to see how we can help!
How do I register?
To register, please click here. After completing the Registration Form, please go to the payment page by clicking here if you're paying with a credit card. If you would like to pay by check, please send it to GLSEN Connecticut, ATTN: Summit, P.O. Box 2405, Stamford, CT 06906. Again, no one will be turned away because of inability to pay for registration.
Please register online by May 5, 2017. Walk-ins will be accepted but online registration is preferred. If you don't register online, we may not be able to provide you with lunch.
Who can I contact if I have any questions or registration issues?
Please contact GLSEN Connecticut co-chair Alberto Cifuentes, Jr., at firstname.lastname@example.org.