National Student Council
The National Student Council (NSC) is a dynamic and empowering youth leadership and engagement program for high school students, proudly sponsored by GLSEN, a leading organization advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusivity in schools.
GLSEN strives to ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and transphobia undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike, and how we can advance school environments that are inclusive for all.
The NSC is a platform for LGBTQ+ youth to cultivate their leadership potential, amplify their voices, and actively contribute to creating more inclusive and equitable environments for all students.The NSC plays a pivotal role in providing feedback on GLSEN's processes, programs, resources, and overall strategy. As youth representatives, they offer their unique perspectives and insights, ensuring that GLSEN's initiatives remain relevant and impactful. NSC members are passionate about social justice and actively seek to deepen their knowledge and practice around racial justice, gender justice, and disability justice.
Rainbow Writes is a competition initiated by the 2022-2023 National Student Council cohort in direct response to widespread book bans throughout the nation. In an era where the voices of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals face undue censorship, Rainbow Writes emerged as a contest designed to amplify youth perspectives and revel in the exuberance of queer experiences.
Stay tuned for the latest updates regarding the upcoming 2024 contest!
This Morning at the Dentist’s Office by Rachel, Florida
Neither Nor by Bella, Florida
Chapter 9: Ruben by James, Maryland
Conditional by Wei, Washington D.C.
Willingness by Avery, California
How I Discovered My Superpowers by Alex, Georgia
Ever in flux by A.J., Maryland
Student Action Guide
GLSEN’s Student Action Guide is a resource created by members of the 2022-2023 National Student Council. This guide aims to provide information on actions young people can make at local and national levels to create progressive change both in and out of education systems.
The Student Action Guide will be released in multiple parts. Check out the first part, titled "Speaking Out Against Harmful Legislation," now!
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