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posted Friday, April 22, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 16

GLSEN holds students of color organizing event
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, will hold a Students of Color Organizing Conference (SOCO) on May 7 at Seattle University.

The event, made possible by a generous grant from the Arcus Foundation, will gather high school students of color from the Puget Sound (Seattle and Tacoma area) and throughout Washington state.

According to GLSEN officials, SOCO aims to provide networking and skills-building opportunities to empower young people of color to organize and become engaged in work for safer schools. In addition, SOCO will afford LGBT and allied students of color with an opportunity to network with organizers from the Seattle and Tacoma area, create action plans for organizing in their communities, look at their work through an anti-oppression lens, and explore the intersections of their identities.

The weekend will also provide an opportunity for students and adult allies to network with one another.

GLSEN will cover the costs for the event (lunch and dinner are included) which is by invitation. Students will be selected based on their community involvement, safe schools work, organizing background, and their commitment to social change.

If you are a high school student who would like to be considered to attend the conference, submit an application to GLSEN at www.glsenwa.org or http://bit.ly/cuh4mq for the direct application. The application deadline is April 25.

If you are an adult and would like to be a part of SOCO as a volunteer or supporter, email Joe at joe@wagsa.org for more information about getting involved.



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