SNEP Symposium 2018 - April 15-17, 2018
The University of Texas at Austin
high-school aged youths
teachers and educators
Stonewall National Education Project is uniquely poised through its vast national network of professionals, to help eliminate barriers, stand up for and empower our young people in a time when it has never been more vital. The program is a ground-breaking partnership with a national network, first initiated in 2013. What started as a network of 13 school districts has grown to over 60 school districts serving LGBTQ youth. Stonewall National Education Project is an advocate for the safety, inclusion, and value of LGBTQ students, with a focus on improvising student achievement, attendance, and graduation rates.
Now in its sixth year, the Stonewall National Education Project positively impacts the lives of countless LGBTQ youth, and their classmates, from a spectrum of major cities and small towns across the nation.
The Stonewall National Education Project national network is comprised of delegates representing more than 4.5 million high-school-aged youth and 200,000 educators. The network meets every year at its annual Symposium.
In April 2018, the Stonewall National Education Project Annual Symposium will gather more than 150 school district leaders, federal and state agencies, not for profit organizations, and university offices including large metropolitan areas such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and Washington, DC. State Departments of Education have attended from Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington, North Carolina, Rhode Island. Federal agencies and not for profit organizations have included US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC – Division of Adolescent and School Health, American Psychological Association, HRC, GSA Network, Gender Spectrum and more.
Research has shown that LGBTQ youth, particularly youth of color, disproportionately face more disciplinary action and harsher punishment than their straight counterparts. They are more likely to have poorer academic and health outcomes, less likely to attend school on a regular basis, and have a greater chance of being pushed out of school and into the prison system.
Now in its sixth year, symposium topics include: laws, best practices and resources at the state and federal level, policy and funding, accommodations for transgender and gender nonconforming students, bullying, self-esteem, power & privilege, social justice and curriculum, sex, sexuality, HIV and YMSM support systems, and creating community for Black adolescent sexual minority males.