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Causes: Civil Rights, Intergroup & Race Relations, Race

Mission: The gay, lesbian and straight education network (glsen) is dedicated to ending bullying, harassment and biased behavior in k-12 public, private and parochial schools, especially as it relates to students who are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (lgbt).

Programs: Glsen's communications department provides the public and the media with information about glsen's mission and programs, and about lgbt issues in schools. The department develops effective messages for glsen's work and campaigns and leads the organization in training student and community advocates in effective message delivery.

in partnership with the leading national education organizations, glsen's education department produces research-based tools (educator guides, curricular resources, trainings and educator-led initiatives) that enhance educator knowledge of lgbt issues and develop the skills educators need to create the kinds of respectful, affirming and lgbt- inclusive classrooms and schools that glsen envisions. Among these are the well-known safe space kit, no name calling week, national training of trainers workshops, changing the game: the glsen sports project initiative and ready, set, respect! Glsen's elementary school toolkit.

glsen's research department conducts original research studies and program evaluations that both illuminate and document anti-lgbt bias in schools and its impact on academic achievement. It also evaluates the effectiveness of glsen's policy and program recommendations for improving school climate. Since 1999, glsen has conducted a biennial national school climate survey to document the school experiences of lgbt students and tracks the impact of key safe schools' interventions.

other departments: executive, field services, public policy & national chapters

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