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Massachusetts Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Leadership Council

What is the GSA Leadership Council?

The Massachusetts GSA Student 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 Student Leadership Council develop and implement projects designed to make change in local schools, districts, and regions. The GSA Student Leadership Council consists of a state council and five region-based councils. During the 2022-2023 school year, all state and regional council meetings take place bimonthly in person, from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Regional meetings will be hosted at local schools and lunch will be provided. We ask that everyone register via the google form in advance to indicate your plan to attend in-person. Meetings will be capped at 100 people, so it is essential that each student and advisor registers individually. If registration surpasses 100, we will admit people based on registration order. If you are not able to attend a meeting due to high numbers, we will prioritize your school's attendance at the next meeting. 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 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 2022-2023.

The Massachusetts GSA Student 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.

2022-2023 GSA Regional Meetings

See the 2022-2023 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 Ev Gilbert at efgilbert@jri.org to discuss.

GSA Leadership Summit 2022

The GSA Student Leadership Summit is a multi-day conference for high school students accepted to the GSA Student Leadership Council. This August, we celebrated our 12th annual Summit. Applications will open for 2023-2024 likely in April 2023.

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

Staff Contact Information

Kimm Topping (they/them), Safe Schools Program Manager
Email: ktopping@jri.org

Ev Gilbert (he/they), Youth Programs Coordinator
Email: efgilbert@jri.org

Last Updated: September 20, 2022

 
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