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Chapter Organizer- April 4, 2017

 April 4, 2017

Hello Fabulous GLSEN-neers,

Happy National Poetry Month! As we are leading up to several campaigns such as the Day of Silence, Give Out Day, National School Climate release, and Thank a Teacher, we wanted to send the Nayirrah Waheed reminder which is above.  

Updates from Field:

Staff Transitions:
Sid Ghaith has moved on from GLSEN. We are discussing how best to staff the department moving forward, but we plan to fill their position as soon as we can. We’ll update you throughout the process.

Accreditation Applications:
Accreditation Applications will be opening very soon! We will be sending you the link to the applications along with instructions on how to go about filling them out. The due date for applications will be June 4th. As we have in the past, we will send supportive documents to help you along through the process. We have also loaded FY17 documents into your Chapter Google Shared drive to help you in preparation for the applications. The application will not change significantly, so you can use FY17 as a guide until the FY18 forms are sent to you.

CLI Save the Date:

The Chapter Leadership Institute is BACK! This summer we’ll be hosting our third Chapter Leadership Institute from July 27-30, in Phoenix, Arizona! The entire GLSEN office, and especially the Field Services team, are excited to bring together the leadership from across our Chapter Network for a weekend of skill building, learning and sharing. In past years we’ve had youth voices panels, conversations around board meetings, technology strategy sessions, sustainability and volunteer management best practice sharing, and regional caucusing.

NEW! This year we’ll also be running our National Student Council Summit concurrently during CLI. This will be an opportunity for these powerful, student leaders to meet passionate Chapter advocates and vice versa. The entire event will weave together moments of collective discussion and individualized tracks.

WHAT’S NEXT? Save the date in your calendar. Begin to think, as a Board, who may be best to come to Phoenix this year. Also, think of what wisdom your Chapter has to share. There are many superb practices and programs out there that could and should be shared. Our Network only grows stronger as we deploy these practices and cross-pollenate what’s working! We’ll be launching our Workshop and GLSEN Talks RFP (Request For Proposals) in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please email and address it to Ikaika.

Real Boy:
Real Boy; is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. The documentary is being screened throughout the spring and summer.

In case you are interested in how your Chapter can participate in the films release we have been in contact with the filmmaker and reviewed the film. Local partners have been asked to contact Chapters to discuss the possibility of screenings. If you have been contacted by the documentary partners, we have seen the documentary and have approved moving forward with working together.

Quarter 3 Tracking Tool: The Quarter 3 Tracking Tool has been released! You should have received an email with your login information and passwords. The Quarter 3 Tracking tool will be due April 17th. Your previous Tracking Tools are loaded into your Chapters Google Shared Drive for reflections on what you have recorded. If you need assistance accessing the tool or your Chapter email, please message Tate at

In the Homework Folder section below, there are action steps. If you would like to jump down to the bottom, click the sidebar that says Homework Folder.

  News and Announcements
  Campaign Check Ins 
  Resource Library
  Homework Folder
News and Announcements

Education and Youth Programs: Education and Youth Programs released a discussion guide on basic terms about gender. In addition to the guide check out the new visual on terms used in discussing gender.

SHINE Coordinators be on the lookout for the return of our podcast series!

Policy: New Webinar! Last summer, GLSEN released a report, Educational Exclusion: Drop Out, Push Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, detailing how frequently and severely LGBTQ students receive school discipline. It showed that LGBTQ students experience a disproportionate share of school discipline, which can lead to increasing absences, drop outs, or even interaction with the juvenile justice system. In this webinar, we’ll refresh Chapters on GLSEN research, and dig into some of the solutions that GLSEN and partners in the field of juvenile justice are proposing for schools. GLSEN’s national staff will be joined by Dwanna Nicole, Director of Policy and Stakeholder Outreach at the Advancement Project, a civil rights organization working to reform school discipline. Dwanna will discuss work at the local and state level to reform school discipline policy, and talk about ways that GLSEN Chapters can participate in the conversation. Join us on April 25th, 5pm ET. Be on the lookout for the registration link coming your way soon.

Development:  As GLSEN continues to drive at work at the local level, Chapters are still encouraged to participate in the 100 Days of Kindness and post to our virtual wall – especially leading up to the Day of Silence!

Campaign Check Ins

Day of Silence: The unified call to action for this years Day of Silence will be to encourage to write a letter to their governor calling on them to protect trans students. The current page that directs folks to message their governors will be reframed to utilize Day of Silence language. 

The Silence Is Ours: Reclaiming Silence One Generation To The Next zine developed by GLSEN's National Student Council members has also been released. Feel free to distribute to your consituents! 

For Day of Silence we’ve partnered with the Youth and Gender Media Project who is offering FREE streaming of their films and curriculum guides for the month of April. Watch the trailers for “Creating Gender Inclusive Schools” and “Becoming Johanna” which follows the story of a trans Latina from ages 16-21, and their other films.

If you have not seen the new Educator Guide for Day of Silence, check it out here.

We will be sending out the next two packages will be released on 4/11 and 4/20.

National School Climate Survey: The campaign launch of the next National School Climate Survey happens at the end of the Day of Silence as part of Breaking The Silence. Be on the lookout for further information on details in incoming Chair Connects.

Give Out Day Opt In: If you have been receiving emails from Give Out Day, no worries we have registered all Chapters ahead of time. If you’d like to update your page to make it more visually appealing and/or to add more local highlights, please do so! Email for access or if you have questions/requests to help with this.

We’re working with our marketing/development firm to have emails written up for our national supporters. Chapters will be able to opt in to have us send these emails from your branch too! The plan is to send a total of 5 emails. You can opt your Chapter in and we will send all five on your Chapter’s behalf. Should you choose not to opt-in, you will receive Thursday’s ask email as your fourth Day of Silence BSD email package. To opt in, please have a Chapter Chair send an email to with subject line “Give OUT Day.”

National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day: Did you know in 2015, youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for 22% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States? April 10 is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD). NYHAAD is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people and to highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

As we continue to push forward to promote the health and safety of young people, we can’t underscore the importance of having youth amplify their voices to raise awareness among their peers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Act Against AIDS initiative and Doing It campaign provide key HIV prevention messages and free downloadable resources such as palm cards, posters, and video testimonials that can be used for NYHAAD and throughout the year. It is our hope that the information shared will not only bring a heightened awareness but prompt those who receive it to get tested and know their status.

What else can you do? Join the discussion on social media using sample key messages from the attached toolkit. Make sure to use the hashtags #DoingIt and #NYHAAD.  

Resource Library
Entering the resource library! This section will be filled with helpful resources that you can check out, and will hopefully be helpful in your personal and Chapter growth. 
Racial and Social Justice Resources
We will be including racial and social justice resources that will be our section to continually support Chapters in looking at the work through an intersectional lens. If you have any articles, podcasts, or videos that have helped you in thinking about anti-oppression, please send it to us at, with the subject line “Racial and Social Justice Resources.”

This toolkit was developed to create a day of action to outline issues faced by undocumented immigrant students and families. This was specifically developed for New York City, but gives good resources on how immigrant families should be able to find support in schools and not terror. Although the day of action passed, it gives a good outlook of how schools play a role in immigrant safety. Included in the Toolkit are explanations of sanctuary schools, know your rights, and further resources. This specifically can be used by Chapters to address LGBTQ immigrant youths needs in schools.


Peer To Peer Corner
This section is to help spread knowledge and wisdom across Chapters. In efforts to resource share and help solve each other's gaps in knowledge, we are asking for you to submit resources that have worked in helping your Chapter move forward at the local level.

We don’t have a resource from Chapters this month but we do have something that might help meeting with Chapters across the country a little bit easier. In office we have been using Zoom, which can be used as video and web conferencing. It’s free for Chapters to set up. It can be used for board meetings, shine teams, etc.  

All of the resources shared will be located in the Chapter Google Shared drive after they are included in the newsletter, here.

A Dip Into GLSEN History
There are numerous GLSEN resources that are within the depths of the website.

This month's resource is a resource for developing SHINE teams. We know graduation is just around the corner and in planning out next years programming this might be the time to consider SHINE teams! This amazing guide shows how to create solid youth-adult partnerships within your student leadership teams while also considering the intersections of anti-oppression, anti-blackness, and gender.

SHINE Program Guide 

Homework Folder

Action Steps! Here is what you can do as a Chapter Leader this month:

  • On April 10 post and share about National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD)
  • Fill out your Quarter 3 Tracking Tool.
  • Make sure you can get into your Accreditation Application. Review support documents before applying. 
  • Save The Date for the Chapter Leadership Institute, begin to think of who would be the best to send from your Chapter. 
  • Watch out for Real Boy local partner emails. 
  • Check out new Education and Youth Programs department resources including Day of Silence Educator Guide, Discussion Guide on gender, and new visuals
  • Mark April 25th at 5:00pm ET on your calendars for the School Discipline Webinar with Policy.   
  • Add to the 100 Days of Kindness Wall
  • Check out the partnership with Youth and Gender Media Project free films and curriculum guides
  • Advertise for the National School Climate Survey release on the Day of Silence
  • If your Chapter would like us to send out BSD packages for Give Out Day, have your co-chair send us an email to to let us know.

Dates to look out for in April:

  • All Month: National Poetry Month
  • April 2: Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
  • April 9-15: National Library Week
  • April 10: National Youth & AIDS Awareness Day
  • April 20: Give Out Day
  • April 21: Day Of Silence, National School Climate Survey Release
  • April 22: Earth Day
  • April 26: Administrative Professionals Day
  • April 23-24: Holocaust Remembrance Day