No Name-Calling Week Statement

Statement by Key Jackson, GLSEN Director of Community Mobilization:

“For more than 30 years, GLSEN’s programs have built upon our mission to create safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth and educators in K-12 schools. Due to feedback from educators, students, volunteers, and staff through surveys and committees, GLSEN has decided to phase out No Name-Calling Week as an annual program.

“GLSEN has the responsibility to evaluate programs and their effectiveness through feedback and evaluation, which is important to ensure all resources are updated and aligned with our commitment to include racial, gender, and disability justice in our goals and strategic framework. At this time, No Name-Calling Week has served its purpose and will open up opportunities to shift and create new programs that will support us in fulfilling our mission.

“No Name-Calling Week, a week organized by K-12 educators and students to end name-calling and bullying in schools, is a project that seeks to focus national attention on the problem of name-calling in schools, and to provide students and educators with the tools and inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.

“GLSEN is actively working on a new campaign for January 2023, which will focus on identifying and developing concepts rooted in liberation. This new program will have intentional resources and curricula development for elementary, middle, and high school students and educators.”

If you already had plans in place to include No Name-Calling Week into your curriculum for January 2022, we encourage you to continue with your work. GLSEN also invites you to focus on strengthening your Gender and Sexuality Alliance Clubs (GSAs) in the following weeks. GLSEN will be releasing new GSA resources including a webinar throughout January and February 2022.