Schools nationwide are hostile environments for a distressing number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students. Studies show that almost all GLBT students hear homophobic remarks and are the targets of verbal and physical abuse at school due to their sexual orientation. As a result, GLBT youth show much higher rates of drop-out, drug abuse, homelessness, depression and suicide.
The Eric Rofes Speaker Series will bring national experts in the field of school safety and bullying to Humboldt State University to offer ideas for creating safer learning environments for all students. Participants will increase awareness of dynamics that lead to bullying and develop skills to support students.
This series is open to the public, free of charge. Those who want to receive 1 unit of academic credit will need to register and pay a fee through the HSU Office of Extended Education. You may participate in person or via distance learning (all four events will be posted for online viewing.)
Jan. 24: Kevin Kumashiro, director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education
Feb. 14: Eliza Byard, executive director of Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
March 7: Tim'm West, high school teacher, scholar, author
April 11: The Trevor Project, national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth
For more information about this series, and a related semester-long 3-unit course option (EDUC 318), contact Nora Wynne.