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Advocating for LGBTQ+ Equity In Schools

This workshop will discuss LGBTQ+ youth rights and effective ways to advocate for those rights using an intersectional feminist, queer, and anti-racist framework. Youth will be introduced to basic organizing principles and organizing strategies, including a Strategy Chart, messaging framework, and other tools for successful youth and community organizing.


Jen LaBarbera (they/she) currently serves as the Education & Advocacy Manager at San Diego Pride, where they manage the organization’s community partnerships, education & advocacy programs, civic engagement, and international diplomacy work. They also currently serve as the Secretary of the GLSEN San Diego chapter's Board of Directors and as a District Vice President for the US Association of Prides. Prior to joining San Diego Pride, Jen worked as a librarian and archivist in San Diego, Boston, and Denver, and has over 15 years of experience as a political and community organizer and advocate for LGBTQ+ equality and reproductive justice in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Massachusetts. She received her BA in the Study of Women and Gender and Government from Smith College and her MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.  They currently reside in Normal Heights with their partner, dog, and two cats.

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