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Update from the ALGBTIC Safe Schools Task Force - 12/22/11

We are excited to share the activities of the ALGBTIC Safe Schools Task Force! Our task force was appointed by President Amney Harper to support her presidential initiative on safe schools.

We are currently gathering resources in the following areas:

  • Guidance on how to engage in LGBTQQ safe schools activism in conservative environments
  • Strategies for school counselor committed to developing LGBTQQ-affirmative environments
  • Resources on LGBTQQ students of color and the issues of intersectionality in their lives
  • Helpful tips for planning and implementing groups for LGBTQQ students in schools and community settings

Right now, we are looking for presenters and attendees for a Safe Zone training at the 2012 ACA conference– if you are interested in being involved, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Anneliese Singh, Kris Goodrich, and Melissa Luke

 

Report from the SAFE Schools Task Force

Kris Goodrich, Melissa Luke, and Anneliese Singh

The SAFE Schools task force has 10 members and is growing. There is incredible enthusiasm for the vision put forth by current ALGBTIC President Amney Harper, specifically to increase awareness, bolster the website, and make accessible resources. Toward this end, the SAFE Schools task force has been quite active over the past few months.  In addition to working to construct this website, we just completed our third bi-weekly conference call.

We have identified a number of goals for the year, including but not limited to exploring intersection of identity, in its various forms. As part of this work, we are compiling a reference bibliography and gathering relevant professional resources that will soon be available. We anticipate this to include resources specific to working with rural populations, specific geographic locations, religious persons, people of color, as well as working with school counseling offices and within a group counseling context.

If you have ideas and/or wish to become involved, please contact one of the task force co-chairs Kristopher Goodrich ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Anneliese Singh ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Melissa Luke ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). We are eager to grow our task force membership; as working together, we can improve the emotional and physical safety for LGBTQI youth, as well as their family and faculty, across P-12 schools and beyond.

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