Letter from GLSEN Northern Virginia

GLSEN Northern Virginia is a chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

GLSEN chapters are community-based groups of people accredited as a GLSEN chapter, who work to bring GLSEN’s programs and visions to their communities on a local level. They are supported in their work by the GLSEN National offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

There are currently almost 40 GLSEN chapters serving communities large and small around the country. Most chapters are volunteer-based, although a few have a full or part-time staff member.

All chapters work within GLSEN’s Mission, Vision, and Policy Platform but no two chapters have exactly the same list of projects. Most chapter work focuses on one of three things: supporting, educating or training youth, teachers and/or administrators within local schools. This work takes many different forms from providing trainings or building networks to distributing resources and lobbying and policy work.

Chapters can choose to engage in a diverse selection of programming related to GLSEN's mission. Some of the areas that chapters work on include student organizing (student leadership development, GSA networking, Days of Actions, etc.), education (workshops/trainings for students, educators, community members, etc.), resource development (curriculum, film, publications, etc.), public policy (passing and implementing local, state, and federal safe schools legislation), media, research, and fundraising.

Chapters like ours play an important role in bringing GLSEN's programs and visions to local communities. While some chapters have full-time or part-time staff, most are entirely volunteer-based. We're always looking for new volunteers to help us ensure safe schools for all students.

Please explore our website to find out more about our work here in Northern Virginia and to learn about how you can get involved in local and national events. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions that are not answered on this site. Thank you for you interest and we're looking forward to hearing from you.

Get information about the chapter by sending an e-mail to: northernva@chapters.glsen.org

Gordon Baer - Co-Chair
Erin Whittaker - Co-Chair
David Hish - Treasurer
David Aponte - Student Engagement Coordinator
Robert Rigby Jr. - Volunteer Coordinator
Nathan Hagan - Communications Coordinator
Morgan McGlothlin - Jump-Start Student Coordinator

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