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AUSD LGBTQ Round Table

Roundtable Members

AUSD's LGBTQ Round Table includes students, teachers, district staff, and community members who want to support LGBTQ youth and families. 

 

Biographies

Roundtable Mission

The mission of the AUSD LGBTQ Round Table is to foster an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for all students in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The AUSD LGBTQ Round Table will do so by supporting children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) families and students who identify as or are perceived by others to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or gender non-conforming. Please take a moment to read our Letter to the Community.

 

GOALS

  1. Provide resources to the school district to ensure the success of LGBTQ-oriented curricula.
  2. Collaborate with community-based (e.g., business, civic, faith) organizations committed to inclusive, safe spaces for youth and families. 
  3. Develop parent/community groups for support and advocacy of the LGBTQ community.
  4. Coordinate pro bono legal support to help AUSD ensure and safeguard legal rights for LGBTQ youth and families. 
  5. Connect LGBTQ youth and families in the community and schools with appropriate community-based supportive resources.
 

ACTIVITIES

  1. Organize community-based events to educate about the history and presence of LGBTQ people and families in our schools and city.
  2. Facilitate Harvey Milk Day planning to foster community awareness and understanding.
  3. Assist with AB 9 and SB 48 implementation to promote safe schools.
  4. Coordinate diversity awareness activities/events in all AUSD schools.
  5. Support students, staff, and families who are LGBTQ and allies of the LGBTQ community. 
Frequently Asked Questions about AB 1266: The School Success and Opportunity Act.
 
Click through to learn more about AUSD's Anti-Bullying Curriculum and useful information for LGBTQ students and families.

2018 Harvey Milk Day Poster and Poetry Contest

 

Winning poster from 2018
Students in grades 4 through 12 were invited to submit posters and poetry to this year’s Eveyone Belongs Here Poem and Poetry Contest. The suggested reflection was, "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences," which is a quote from poet Audre Lorde.

 

The Grand Prize poster winner was Angelica Tigas, a 7th grader at Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School. Angelica's poster will be distributed throughout AUSD schools. The high school winner was Kiara Hernandez, a 10th grader also from EJSH.

 

Benji Kapelke, a 5th grader at Otis Elementary School won first prize in 5th-8th grade division of the poem contest for his poem "Everyone Belongs Here."  Talia Grumet (EHS), who wrote "Different," and Sam Martinez (AHS), who wrote "Perspective," shared the prize for the 9th-12th grade division. 

Everyone One Belongs Here Campaign

In 2015, students and adults on the LGBTQ roundtable designed a poster that features a rainbow-colored shield with the words "Everyone Belongs Here" against a backdrop of statements such as, "All Faiths," "All Gender Identities," "All LGBTQ," "All Nationalities," "All Families," and "All Ethnicities."

The poster was made available to any teachers, counselors, administrators, or AUSD staff that wanted to display it.  "The law mandates that educators treat all students equally regardless of their diversity," says Audrey Hyman, president of the Alameda Education Association. "This poster allows teachers and counselors to further emphasize that they are working to make school sites safe, welcoming environments for all students."

The Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families, Alameda City Council, Alameda Education Foundation, Alameda PTA Council,  Alameda Chamber of Commerce, and AEA and CSEA 27 and 860 have all signed on to the campaign. 

 

Downloadable version
 

In January, 2018, Alameda Magazine published an article about the "Everyone Belongs Here" campaign, including the rich history of the LGBTQ Round Table. You can read the article here.

Resources

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Media Coverage

LGBTQ Roundtable Meeting Minutes

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors,and risk behaviors in the nation.  Across California, the CHKS has led to a better understanding of the relationship between students' health behaviors and academic performance, and is frequently cited by state policymakers and the media as a critical component of school improvement efforts to help guide the development of more effective health, prevention, and youth development programs.  The CHKS also helps schools meet certain requirements of Title IV of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001.  NCLB requires that CDE collects data on the incidence, prevalence, age of onset, and perception of health risks and social disapproval of drug use by youth, and violence in schools and communities through anonymous student and teacher surveys.  The CHKS provides schools, districts, counties, and the state with a standard tool that promotes the collection of uniform data within and across local education agencies that are also comparable to existing state and national survey datasets.

The CHKS collected data on many different subjects.  Information collected regarding LGBTQ youth is present here:

2012-13 Main Report Alameda City Unified