UTA to host White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools and Communities

Posted on 01 Mar 2012 at 6:17pm

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Valerie B. Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Barack Obama, are scheduled to speak at the conference.

The next White House LGBT Conference will be at the University of Texas at Arlington on March 20 and will focus on safe schools and communities, according to an announcement from the White House this afternoon.

The event is the third conference in a series of several the White House launched in February. It will be hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice in partnership with UTA’s College of Liberal Arts Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the College of Education and Health Professions.

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to the president, will speak at the event, according to a White House release.

“The White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools & Communities will provide advocates, community leaders, and members of the public an opportunity to engage with the Obama Administration on efforts to ensure safety and security for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in schools and communities throughout the country,” the release states.

“Participants will receive updates from Administration officials, connect with Federal government resources and opportunities through workshop sessions, and provide valuable feedback through the ‘Open Space’ process.”

This is the third conference after the White House Office of Public Engagement launched the series focused on LGBT Americans.

The first in the series, the White House LGBT Conference on Health, was held in Philadelphia on Feb. 16 and focused on various issues like access to care, aging, mental health and substance abuse with remarks by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

The White House LGBT Conference on Housing and Homelessness is scheduled for Friday, March 9. That event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Ruth Ellis Center and will feature remarks by HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan focusing on housing and homelessness issues that impact LGBT Americans.

Additional conferences are expected to take place through June with topics covering HIV/AIDS prevention and other issues affecting LGBT Americans.

The White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools & Communities is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Representatives with UTA could not immediately be reached.

View the full White House release below.

White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools & Communities – Arlington TX, Mar 20

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