Spring 2017 GSA Conference Scheduled for April 7th!

Our Spring 2017 GSA Conference will be held in Madison on Friday, April 7th.



GSAFE’s Spring 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 $15.00, which covers lunch and supplies 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 3:30PM.  To download a registration form for the conference, click here.


Registration opens at 9AM at Orchard Ridge UCC, which is located at 1501 Gilbert Rd on the southwest side of 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:

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 1:00PM – Lunch

1:00PM to 2:15PM – Workshop session 2

2:15PM to 3:15PM – Large-group afternoon session

3:15PM – Evaluation and closing 




We are still finalizing the workshops, but we typically have workshops on such topics as coming out, building personal resilience, racial justice, transgender justice, sexuality and religion, know your rights, running effective clubs, healthy relationships and boundaries, intersectionality, suicide prevention, and more.  Don’t have or belong to a GSA or similar club? We want you, too! We will also have workshops specifically for middle school students and for GSA and other club advisors.

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 Shawna Kollath a call at (608)661-4141 or drop her an email.

See you in Madison on April 7th!


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