In this seminar, attendees will learn about the experience of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer students in independent schools. This seminar will provide independent schools with information to ensure that they are in step with current and evolving practices in this area of student well-being. Participants will also gain an understanding of the legal framework that governs the rights of students and responsibilities of schools to ensure an educational experience free from discrimination. This seminar will also address recent court decisions and recently-enacted legislation that has a direct impact on schools, and recommended steps that independent schools should take to make sure that LGBTQ students are afforded the same educational and extracurricular opportunities as their peers.
Questions that will be addressed include:
- What laws related to protecting the rights of LGBTQ apply to independent schools?
- Must an independent school prioritize the rights of a LGBTQ student over those of other students at the school?
- What types of alterations to an independent school’s program or facilities may be needed to ensure that LGBTQ have a positive educational experience?