Statewide Conference on LGBT Youth

Thank you to everyone who came to Safe Schools, Safe Communities in 2016.  We’ll see you again in 2018!


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GSAFE, Diverse & Resilient, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison LGBT Campus Center are pleased to present “Safe Schools, Safe Communities: State Conference on LGBTQ Youth” on Friday, April 15, 2016.   

This year’s theme is “Justice for LGBTQ Youth” and will explore what health, educational, and racial justice looks like for LGBTQ youth in both schools and communities.

Wisconsin State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Tony Evers, will provide welcoming comments in the morning.

This year’s conference will be held at the UW-Madison. Our target audience members are school and community-based adults who work with LGBTQ youth, as well as middle and high school youth leaders.

CEUs will be available through the UW-Madison School of Social Work for certain conference workshops and sessions.  Please indicate your interest in obtaining CEUs when you register.

This conference will also lift up the annual Day of Silence, which is on the same day as the conference. How can you use the conference to help break the silence?








Conference Location, Directions & Parking


Day of Silence





8:30 AM Registration – Gordon Dining and Event Center – 770 W. Dayton Street
9:00 AM Welcome – Gordon Dining and Event Center
9:45 AM Keynote: Mustafa Sullivan
11:30 AM Lunch – Red Gym – 716 Langdon Street
12:15 PM Breakout Sessions – Red Gym, Lowell Center, Pyle Center
2:00 PM Breakout Sessions – Red Gym, Lowell Center, Pyle Center
3:15 PM Amplify Your Voice, Networking, and Refreshments – Red Gym



Mustafa Sullivan, Director of National Programs, GSA Network

Mustafa Sullivan Headshot

Mustafa is the Director of National Programs at GSA Network, a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities. Mustafa was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to the Bronx eleven years ago. He has been a lead organizer and director of Sistas and Brothas United youth organizing program for nine years, and is a founder of the Urban Youth Collaborative, the Leadership Institute high school, and the Alliance for Educational Justice, where he served as the National Campaign Organizer. He continues to work tirelessly to build an ongoing national movement of youth leaders to reinvent America’s schools.

Outside of his organizing work he has been writing for over ten years plays, poems, and short stories that show people the power they have inside. He believes the world can change using three ingredients: love, light, and revolution. He uses tools to build the next generation of our movement’s leaders using compassionate agitation, fearless strategy, carribean black gay muslim warrior wisdom, and tells moving stories of suffering, sacrifice, and ultimate triumph.


This year’s workshops will focus on topics including:

  • Creating and Sustaining GSAs at middle and high schools
  • Exploring Gender Norms and Expectations
  • Challenging Incarceration of LGBTQ+ Youth
  • Using Theater for Self Expression and Community Change
  • Local Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth Data and Implementations for Schools and Communities
  • Inclusive Curriculum in the Middle School Classroom
  • What Parents Need You to Know about Supporting Their Transgender Child and Family
  • Creating Effective Youth-Adult Partnerships
  • LGBTQ+ Youth Under the Influence
  • Health and Sexual Wellness for Young Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Women
  • Addressing Bias-Based Bullying in Elementary Schools Using the Welcoming Schools Approach

And more!



Online registration is now closed.  Please contact the GSAFE office at (608) 661-4141 for registration information.



Conference Location, Directions, & Parking 

Conference locations

The conference will be held across four different UW-Madison campus buildings that are within easy walking distance of each other.  Please note: We will have a service van available to assist with transportation between Gordon Dining and Event Center and the Red Gym following the morning keynote session.

Before 11:15AM – Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 W. Dayton St.
After 11:15AM – Red Gym, 716 Langdon St.
Breakout Session Locations:
Red Gym, 716 Langdon St.
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. (next door to the Red Gym)
Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St.
Note to Afternoon Breakout Session Presenters:  Please stop by the registration/info desk on the first floor of the Red Gym to pick up your registration and workshop materials.
Google map
This map marks each of the conference locations and includes a route connecting them. It also marks the State Street Campus Garage, which is the closest public parking structure to the conference. SSSC Google map


The closest parking structure is the State Street Campus Garage. It costs $1.25 per hour, and takes cash and card. There are fifteen reserved accessibility parking spaces. More info at the State Street Campus Garage page.

There is also limited metered street parking on Langdon St. at $1.25 per hour.

Travel by bus

The conference buildings are very near several campus and city bus routes. Hover over the blue bus icons on the SSSC Google map for information on routes. See the City of Madison Metro Transit page for a trip planner, fares, and schedules.
The Red Gym, Pyle Center, and Lowell Center are within two blocks of routes 4, 6, 29, 80, 81, 82
Gordon Dining and Event Center is within two blocks of routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 27, 28, 37, 38, 80


If you need an accommodation to attend this event, please contact us. Requests for sign or other language interpreters, real time captioning, Braille or electronic documents should be directed to Brian J. at or (608) 661-4141. We will attempt to fulfill requests made two weeks before the conference but cannot guarantee they will be met.

In an effort to make the conference accessible to people of all genders, there will be gender inclusive bathrooms at the conference.  Regardless of what bathroom you choose to use, please respect everyone’s right to use the bathroom.  Each of us can decide for ourselves which bathroom we belong in.



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“Without the knowledge, resources, and extra effort of GSAFE, I have no question that we would not have a Gay-Straight Alliance in our school.” – David Witte, Middle School Principal