A Silent Crisis: Creating Safe Schools for Sexual Minority Youth


This workshop is designed to help school personnel and administrators understand, assess, and improve school climate and safety for all youth, especially those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning.  Research consistently finds sexual minority youth to be at higher risk for homelessness, alcohol and substance abuse, harassment, assaults, suicide, school failure/dropout, and truancy. Some of the legal and ethical obligations that school systems and their employees’ have to serve and protect this population will be addressed.

Workshop participants will:

  • State major health and educational risks faced by sexual minority youth;
  • Analyze current terminology related to sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Analyze implications of personal beliefs regarding LGBTQ issues on professional practice;
  • State the implications of key legal and policy issues affecting sexual minority youth and a safe school environment;
  • Use skills for responding to and intervening with students, staff, and the broader school community to create a safer school environment for sexual minority youth;
  • Commit to addressing school safety and climate issues that may arise among students, faculty, staff, and parents in schools/agencies;
  • Use culturally inclusive local, regional, state, and national resources.

Cost: FREE to all!


Tom Richardson
Phone: 269-539-5321
Email: trichardson@vbisd.org


Seat Availability: 21 of 50 available.
Last day to register: 3/20/2017

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Van Buren Intermediate School District (Conference Center)
490 South Paw Paw Street
Lawrence, MI 49064The zipcode must be numeric with at least five numbers.