Letter from GLSEN Oregon
GLSEN Oregon is a chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
Nationally, GLSEN works to ensure safe schools for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. There are over 40 Chapters around the country, which work closely with the national staff of GLSEN to implement programs, and to keep national staff informed of local events. The work that chapters do covers a variety of subjects and issues, from public policy to teacher training to supporting students and educators around the country.
Chapters like ours play an important role in bringing GLSEN 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.
Locally, GLSEN Oregon intends to:
- Create and help sustain dynamic and supportive programming that supports Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) within the state of Oregon. We do this through resource dissemination and the annual GLSEN Oregon GSA Summit.
- Develop opportunities for school educators and administrators to obtain Professional Development that helps them support LGBTQ-identified students in schools.
- Support GLSEN's Changing the Game Program by holding the annual GLSEN Oregon/NIKE Youth Sports Summit. Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project’s mission is to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.