Mazzoni Center Publishes Student Guide How to Build a FIERCE GSA


FIERCE cover picMazzoni Center‘s Ally Safe Schools program has distilled its wealth of knowledge into a book, so educators and students alike can learn how to create or strengthen a Gay/Queer-Straight Alliance at their schools. These student-run clubs help raise awareness of LGBTQ issues, organize activities, provide support for each other, and/or create a safe space for LGBTQ students.

How to Build a FIERCE GSA is 22-pages in length, and filled with all kinds of tips that the Center hopes will help inspire healthy, vibrant GSAs across the region and nation. The small 4-by-6 guide is portable, so readers can keep it on hand for meetings and events. It’s so tiny—and adorable—it will fit in your pocket.

You may have seen Mazzoni handing out some of these at OutFest yesterday, but you can still get a free copy by downloading it here as a PDF or requesting a hard copy.

The book was inspired by a workshop for last April’s LEAD Conference developed by The Ally Student Leadership Board. It was called “Building a FIERCE GSA,” where “FIERCE” represented an acronym of the ideal qualities of a GSA/QSA: Fearless, Inclusive, Encourages leadership, Recruitment, Community building, and Executes goals.

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