Alberta GSA Conference
The 8th Annual Alberta GSA Conference will be held on Saturday November 16th, 2019 at Nelson Mandela High School on Treaty 7 Land in Calgary from 9:00am-4:30pm.
The conference aims to provide support for Alberta K-12 students and teachers in the formation and maintenance of GSAs/QSAs. There will be specialized workshops specific for students and teachers which will address a variety of topics. Lunch will be provided, during which there will be a resource fair.
Tickets will be available on Eventbrite in late-September. In October, those who have tickets will receive an email regarding the workshop schedule and will then be able to register for workshops. Once you get your tickets keep an eye on your email so you can sign up and create your schedule!
Please be aware that this conference is ONLY for students and teachers (or other school staff supporting a GSA).
Calgary GSA Network & Roundtable Meetings
What is a GSA/QSA?
Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Queer Straight Alliance or Gay Straight Alliances are student-run and teacher-supported school-based groups that work to create safe, caring, supportive and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students and their allies in schools. They provide a safe space for students to meet, socialize and support one another as they discuss their feelings and experiences related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Clubs often work on advocacy, human rights and awareness projects to make their schools and communities better places to live for all. There are over 100 schools in the Calgary area with a GSA.
The GSA Network
The Centre for Sexuality is proud to host and support a growing network of schools and community organizations that strive to create safe spaces for LGBTQ+ students and staff. The network provides networking, support, training, project funding, school visits and more to people involved in a GSA, or those who want to start one.
If you would like to set up a meeting to access support and resources, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Network Meet Ups
We host meetings for students once per semester where they can network, make friends and learn about what other GSAs are working on. We may do a fun activity people can share with their GSA, and we will always leave lots of time for hanging out. There is always free pizza! Students, teachers and community members are welcome at these meetings. We will provide a Teacher’s Space at the meet-ups where GSA sponsors and can also network, share successes, ask questions and access support.
Join the GSA Network!
Stay up to date on the great things happening in the Network! Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GSANetworkCalgary/
GSA Project Funding
Every GSA can apply for a grant up to $100 twice per year to use towards any initiatives or projects in their schools or communities, or for building skills of students in the club. Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis, click here for the application.