Creating Inclusive GSAs

 

YLB Students

 

Pronouns are Important

Most of us use pronouns every day without giving it a second thought, but for some people the use of pronouns isn’t so casual. This resource explains the ins and outs of sharing pronouns and why it’s so important to do so.

Bonus: Now includes a handy-dandy chart of gender neutral pronouns!  Click here to read and download Pronouns are Important.

 

Pronoun Practice!

For many people, using gender neutral pronouns like “ze” and “per” might be a new concept.  This activity gives participants an opportunity to answer questions about three characters who prefer gender neutral pronouns.  This is a great resource for GSAs and students of all ages!  Download Pronoun Practice here.

 

Is Your GSA Welcoming?

The retail industry spends a lot of money researching how to make their stores feel inviting and give customers a great shopping experience.  If a student were to rate the “customer service” they experienced in your GSA, what might they say?

This new resource encourages students to have a discussion about how welcoming their GSA really is.  What if a “secret shopper” came to your club?  Download the resource here.

 

Making Trans-Inclusive GSAs

As more and more students come out as transgender and nonbinary, they are seeking out spaces in school where they can feel safe and talk about their identities.  Created by a former GSAFE youth leader, this resource gives some tips on how to make your GSA feel more welcoming and inclusive of trans students.  Download it here.

 

Thinking About Class

Issues of money permeate almost every aspect of our lives, and this certainly plays out in our schools.  Have you ever thought about how socioeconomic status impacts your GSA?  This resource helps you think about some of the ways class and your club are connected, and how issues of money might be keeping some students from being part of GSA.

Download Thinking about Class here.

 

Putting Ability First

In order to make sure that you are open and welcoming to students of all abilities, it’s important that you approach your GSA with a “universal design” mindset. Your responsibility is to include every possible person that wants to join. What barriers exist to students that might keep them out of your space?

Read Putting Ability First here.

 

 

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