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Making Schools Safe: Twentieth Anniversary Program
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February 2, 2018

8:30 am to 2:15 pm

Roland Park Country School

Twenty years ago, Sarah Donnelly, AIMS Executive Director, and Ron Goldblatt, AIMS Board Chair, initiated conversations about a professional development program that would support faculty and administrators in responding to sexual orientation and gender expression diversity in our independent schools. At the time, there was very little conversation about these topics within our faculties, administrative teams, and boards of trustees. It took courage and foresight for the leaders of AIMS to begin to address these topics in a sustained way, to form a planning committee, and to initiate sustained, annual professional development programs on LGBTQ topics.

Since those first efforts twenty years ago, the Making Schools Safe program has expanded to include students as well as adult professionals, and it has helped our schools to engage in challenging and rewarding conversations that have enriched our school programs in a variety of important ways. Several of the founding committee members continue to be involved in this work, and many more have joined.

This year, we celebrate this twentieth anniversary with a program on the theme “Where Have We Been, and Where Are We Going?” Our program on February 2, 2018, at Roland Park Country School, will bring together several of the original founders and committee members, along with current administrators, school parents, and students.

Twenty years ago, our first keynote speaker was Kevin Jennings, Founder of GLSEN, and this year, our closing keynote speaker will be Jabari Lyles, Chairperson and Education Manager for GLSEN Baltimore. We hope you will be able to join us for this inspiring anniversary program.

For a copy of the AIMS Sexual Orientation Resource Guide, click here.

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