Student and Family Support (SFS)

Massachusetts Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Leadership Council

What is the GSA Leadership Council?

The Massachusetts GSA Leadership Council creates and informs policy, promotes inclusive learning environments for all students, supports the development of leadership skills, and fosters statewide collaboration among LGBTQ students and allies. Members of the GSA Leadership Council develop and implement projects designed to make change in local schools, districts and regions. The GSA Leadership Council consists of a state council and five region-based councils. During the 2021–2022 school year, all state and regional council meetings take place bimonthly in a hybrid model, from 9 AM to 1 PM.

For the hybrid model, we will have simultaneous in-person and virtual Zoom meeting options. Regional meetings will be hosted at local schools and lunch will be provided. To increase accessibility, we will also have a Zoom meeting option to join. We ask that everyone register in advance to indicate your plan to attend in-person or virtually. If you require accommodations, register at least one week in advance so that we have time to make those arrangements.

We invite you to register a team of students and adult advisors to join other GSA student leaders and advisors at the regional council meetings. We encourage adult advisors to attend the meetings with their students. The state and regional council meetings occur during school time, we ask that schools support student and advisor attendance with appropriate arrangements for excused absences. Below you will find a list of meeting dates and locations for 2021–2022.

The Massachusetts GSA Leadership Council is part of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth.

2021–2022 GSA State and Regional Meetings

See the 2021–2022 Meeting Calendar for dates and registration information for regional meetings.

Note: GSA Advisors may submit this letter to your school administrators to request excused absences for both you and your school's students for the listed dates and times. If you have any difficulty with getting these absences approved, please reach out to the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth at commission@ma-lgbtq.org to discuss.

GSA Leadership Summit 2021

The GSA Leadership Summit is a multi-day conference for high school students accepted to the GSA Student Leadership Council. This August, we celebrated our 11th annual Summit. Applications will open for 2022-2023 likely in April 2022.

Have You Updated Your School GSA Contact Information?

We are always trying to stay up-to-date with school-based GSAs. Please take a moment to update your GSA information.

Contact Information for the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students

Email: Safeschoolsprogram@mass.gov

Phone: 617-447-4730

Staff Contact Information

Kimm Topping (they/them), Safe Schools Program Manager
Email: ktopping@jri.org
Phone: 617-447-4730

Ev Gilbert (he/him), GSA Program Administrator
Email: efgilbert@jri.org

Last Updated: December 27, 2021

 
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