Subject: strictly fyi: For High School Counselors!!
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 8/2/2011 4:39 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
Share this with your High School Counselors!!
(1) Registration is now open for GLBTQ Studies course for high school students and anyone else!
(2) undergrad programs in LGBTQ studies
(3) LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index
(4) School counselor with students looking for LGBTQ-safe Historically Black Colleges? See this.
(5) School counselor at a religious institution? See this.
(6) Suggestion from Safe Schools Coalition for the start of the year
(1) Registration is now open for GLBTQ Studies course for high school students and anyone else!
For Immediate Release
August 2, 2011
Registration is now open for GLBTQ Studies course for high school students and anyone else!
Maplewood, Minnesota. GLBTQ Online High is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the first online high school course in GLBTQ Studies. This interdisciplinary course is available to all schools and students nationwide. In addition, the school is offering the course to interested teachers and other adults. Youth and adult students will be in separate sections of the course.
The course is designed for straight and glbtq students alike and aims to increase understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning populations. This one-semester course addresses such questions as:
Dave Glick, Executive Director of GLBTQ Online High School, said that not only will the course be important for the school’s own enrolled students, but that all high school students nationwide can benefit. “Starting right now, all high schools nationwide can offer a high quality GLBTQ Studies course taught by our experts or their own teachers. Educators have a powerful new tool for increasing student understanding of the history, character and contributions of this population. Research suggests that this can help lead to a safer, healthier environments for all students.” Glick also points out that this course provides excellent background information that supports California’s new requirement for including the contributions of glbtq people in the school curriculum.
Students can register individually and school districts can register for any number of students. The course is also available for licensing through FYI Online, Inc.
This course is being offered at an introductory tuition rate of $325 per person for the semester course. This includes all curriculum, hosting and instruction provided by GLBTQ Online High School. In addition to the tuition model, the course curriculum is also available via the FYI Online licensing models.
Students can register immediately by visiting the school website at
Schools can reserve seats in this online class beginning immediately by contacting GLBTQ Online High School at or by calling 612-877-4101.
Schools can also license the course for instruction by their own teachers by contacting FYI Online, Inc. at or by calling 305-576-2120.
About GLBTQ Online High School
GLBTQ Online High School is a private, non-profit school based in Maplewood, Minnesota. It is the world’s first online school created specifically for glbtq youth and serves students nationwide. The school is a 501(c)3 tax exempt public charity. GLBTQ Online High School’s mission is to provide a safe and welcoming educational community that provides a high quality, comprehensive college-preparatory online high school experience for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexual orientation and others, using the best technology and techniques of distance education.
Please visit the website at or contact David Glick, Executive Director, for more information.
David Glick, Executive Director
GLBTQ Online High School
(2) undergrad programs in LGBTQ studies
LGBTQ undergraduate majors, minors, certificates, concentrations?
Majors are offered by Wesleyan, U. Chicago, Brown, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, York University (Sexuality Studies, 2009), University of Toronto, Miami University (Ohio, 2010)
Minors are offered by Ohio State, San Francisco State, Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA?, UC Riverside, Towson (proposal, Nov. 96, still on-line), Cornell, SUNY, Purchase, Allegheny, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, George Mason?, Concordia University (Canada), Western Washington University, Bowdoin College, Humboldt State University (Aug 2004), University of Minnesota (fall 2004), Kent State University (fall 2001), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2004), University of North Texas (2004), University of Delaware (Fall 2006), Hofstra (2006), Nebraska-Lincoln (2006), Syracuse (2006), McGill (2006), University California at Santa Barbara (2006), Northern Illinois University (both undergraduate and graduate certificates), University of Kansas (2008), University of Houston (2008), York University (Sexuality Studies, 2004), UC-Davis (2009, Sexuality Studies), University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, DePaul (2007?), University of New Hampshire, Carleton University (Ottawa), University of Michigan, Colgate University (2009), University of Oregon (2009?), Bridgewater State College (2009), Illinois-Urbana-Champaign (Fall 2009), Brooklyn College (approved 2008, inaugurated Fa 2009), Washington State (approved 2009), Miami University (Ohio, 2010), University of Vermont (2006), University of Louisville (2010), Metropolitan State College of Denver (2012)
Certificates or Concentrations are offered by Arizona State U., U. Iowa, Yale, Brandeis?, Denison U., Duke, U. Wisconsin-Madison (2003), U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, U. of Maryland, U. of Colorado at Boulder, York University (Sexuality Studies, 2004)
More detail here:
(3) LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index
Go to:
See a New York times article about this climate index, here:
(4) School counselor with students looking for LGBTQ-safe Historically Black Colleges? See this.
Article in this month's Advocate magazine re: Spelman College having hosted (this past April) its first Facilitating Campus Climates of Pluralism, Inclusivity, and Progressive Change at Historically Black Colleges and Universities conference. Read the whole article here:
(5) School counselor at a religious institution? See this.
Heartstrong is for people at denomination of religious school anywhere in the world (Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Mormon, Methodist, Baptist, etc.). If your religious school does not explicitly tell students that is okay to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender then Heartstrong is here for you! More information here:
(6) Suggestion from Safe Schools Coalition for the start of the year
Looking for ways to make yourself someone students trust as a resource if they are LGBTQ or are perceived to be? Consider vesting every homeroom at the start of the year and listing for students all the kinds of things people come to you to talk about …
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