James Tate

Two Woodrow Wilson High School students from Dallas will participate in GLSEN’s Students of Color Organizing Summit GLSEN in Phoenix this weekend, GLSEN Greater Dallas Chair James Tate said. Tate and another GLSEN volunteer will also accompany the two youth.

GLSEN picks up the cost of transportation, food, meals and lodging for students chosen to attend. The conference has been held annually since 2005. GLSEN divides the country in half and sends students to two conferences. The East Coast summit will be held in Baltimore on April 27–29.

GLSEN described the summit as three days of community and skill-building in a space where they could acknowledge the unique challenges of doing Safe Schools work as people of color. Some participants of past conferences have later gotten GLSEN internships.

“We bring different youth from all of the chapters in our region,” Tate said.

He said they collaborate and engage with others to discuss what minorities experience as part of the LGBT community.

“When they return, they apply what they’ve learned to their GSA work,” Tate said.