All About the Fall Conference

Our Fall 2015 GSA Conference will be held at Orchard Ridge UCC in Madison this Saturday, November 14th.

GSAFE’s Fall Conference is open to current middle school and high school students, as well as to GSA advisors and other school professionals who are supporting GSAs and similar clubs.  The cost to attend is $8.00, which covers lunch for all participants.  Need-based scholarships are available upon request, so please let us know if you have a student or students who requires a scholarship.

The conference will run from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.  To download a registration form for the conference, click here.

Registration opens at 9AM at Orchard Ridge UCC, which is located at 1501 Gilbert Road in Madison, Wisconsin.  The day will start out with a big welcome, large-group networking and icebreaker activities, and then participants will be able to choose between different workshops to attend.

Here is a tentative schedule of the day, which may change slightly:

9:00AM to 9:30AM – GSAs arrive and check-in

9:30AM to 10:00AM – Welcome and icebreaker activities

10AM to 11AM – GSA mixer activity

11:AM to 12:15PM – Workshop session 1

12:30PM to 1:30PM – Lunch

1:30PM to 2:45PM – Workshop session 2

3:00PM to 4:00PM – Large-group afternoon session

4:00PM to 4:30PM – Evaluation and closing

The theme of this conference will be “Youth-Adult Partnerships”, and many of the workshops will be presented by youth and adults working together.  Here are just a few of the workshops that will be happening at the conference:

  • Running an Effective GSA
  • Healthy Relationships & Consent
  • Faith & the LGBTQ+ Community
  • Intersectionality
  • Bi/Pan/Fluid Identities
  • Mental Wellness and the LGBTQ+ Community
  • Asexuality
  • Queer People of Color
  • LGBTQ+ Trivia
  • GSA Advisor Roundtable
  • and probably more!

You do not have to send in the registration forms ahead of time, but it would be great to let GSAFE know an estimate of how many students and adults will be coming from your school.  When you have a rough headcount, give Tim Michael a call at (608)661-4141 or email tim@gsafewi.org.

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