Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Advisor Summit
August 26-28, 2016
Washington, D.C.

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GLSEN and the NEA invite you to apply for the August 2016 GSA Advisor Summit to enhance your capacity to effectively serve as a faculty advisor to your school’s GSA, GSTA, QSA or similar club.

Are you a GSA Advisor? Are you an NEA member? Do you want to learn how best to support your GSA student leaders and connect with other advisors across the country? 

If the answer is “yes”, please consider the following information and fill out the application below.

Applications Due July 25, 2016! 


Schools are often hostile places for LGBT students, with many reporting high levels of victimization and discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! There is significant data that shows the positive effects of school-based supports for LGBT students, including supportive educators, comprehensive and enumerated policies, LGBT-inclusive curriculum and…GSAs.

GSAs can help to make schools safer for students and may play a role in mitigating the negative impact of bullying and harassment experienced by some LGBT students. LGBT students in schools with GSAs are less likely to hear biased language such as homophobic remarks, are less likely to feel unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation and gender expression, and are less likely to miss days of school because they are afraid to go. In addition, GSAs may play an important role in helping students identify staff who may be supportive and to whom they can report any incidents of victimization. The presence of a GSA may offer evidence of a school’s commitment to LGBT students and their allies, creating a source of perceived support for students even if they are not actively engaged with the GSA themselves. The presence of GSAs may also help to improve the school experiences of LGBT students, by increasing access to education and having a positive impact on LGBT students’ academic achievement and aspirations.

GLSEN and the NEA are partnering on this project because we know the value of GSAs and the need for more supports, resources and tools for GSA Advisors, like you. We’ve got your back!


What: Capacity Building Summit for GSA Advisors: Led by experts in the field, this interactive two-day summit will bring together GSA Advisors from across the country to identify and share best practices, problem-solve challenging situations and strategize next steps.

When: Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28, 2016 [Arrival in D.C. Friday, August 26]

Where: Washington, D.C.

Who Should Apply:

  • GSA Advisors with at least three years of experience working closely with a GSA or similar student club
  • Current NEA members
  • GSA Advisors committed to strengthening and sustaining their GSA and supporting GSA student leaders
  • GSA Advisors who are committed to attending the entire summit: 
    • August 26 – Arrival in Washington, D.C. (no programming)
    • August 27 -- Programming 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Evening Activities
    • August 28 -- Programming 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Evening Departure for Home

There is no cost to districts, schools or participants. Breakfast and lunch to be provided each day, other expenses, such as travel and lodging, will be reimbursed in accordance with NEA's travel guidelines.

*Substitute Fees and Professional Development Hours available, upon request.*


  • Fill out the Application Form Below!!  Forms must be submitted by Monday, July 25, 2016. 

  • Pencil in the dates (August 26-28, 2016) and await notification. You will be notified by August 1, 2016.


GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people. Visit

About NEA
The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. Visit

Still have questions? Contact Stephanie Luongo, NEA, at

For help with this form, contact GLSEN's Jenny Betz at 


Applications Due July 25, 2016! 


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