GLSEN Arkansas serves predominantly low-income students of color and students in rural areas across the state of Arkansas. We train over 750+ educators every year in creating safe and inclusive classrooms in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Appalachia, and South Carolina. We are one of only a handful of LGBTQ advocacy organizations in the state of Arkansas and are completely volunteer-run. We are able to provide our trainings completely free to low-income school districts because of support from our generous donors.
Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike. We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities.
We seek to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome any and all individuals as members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.
GLSEN Arkansas is a part of a GLSEN Chapter Network. With the support and guidance of the national office, we collectively work to bring GLSEN's programs and visions to their specific communities on a local level. Chapter board members and volunteers are students, educators, parents and community members who volunteer their time to support students and Gay-Straight Alliances, train educators and provide opportunities for everyone to make change in their local schools