Educational Symposium

The Hudson Pride Foundation strives to be a resource for Columbia County educators as well as advocate for LGBT equality and safety in our schools. These are the motivations for hosting our annual Educational Symposium. 

Our aim is to help educate & inform local Columbia County Schools on the importance of adopting and implementing such programs in our schools.

2015 Educational Symposium


2014 Educational Symposium
Creating a Safe and Inclusive Environment

Every spring for the last 3 years, the Hudson Pride Foundation offers an Educational Symposium to engage with Columbia County school districts. This event was created as a way to connect with local educators and administrators, to shine a light on key issues that impact LGBT students. Over the years, the focus has been on the ongoing bullying problem that most schools face. We strive to work together to create a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity .

We had a full house this year, with over 30 teachers and administrators in attendance. Our very special guest presenter was Mr. Thomas Krever, CEO of the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nations oldest and largest organization committed to supporting, advocating for, and mentoring LGBT youth ages 13 - 24. Located in Manhattan, HMI works with thousands of kids & their families each year. Thomas has been leading HMI since 2003, and prior to that, he spent 2 decades working in gang intervention in cities all over the U.S. His relentless commitment to advocating for and speaking out on behalf of LGBT youth made the event very dynamic. He lead an open, interactive workshop, providing specific strategies for teachers & administrators to use in their schools.

A link to the presentation has been provided. Feel free to use this tool to help create a safe and inclusive environment in your school. For more information on HMI visit

2013 Symposium

On May 16, 2013, Dr. Peter DeWitt, Elementary School Principal and author of Dignity For All: Safeguarding LGBT Students was our guest speaker. Dr. DeWitt spoke about the importance of building a support structure to create a safe and welcoming space for all students.

2012 Symposium

On April 4, 2012, Curran Streett, then Program Director for the Pride Center of the Capital Region was our special guest speaker. Ms. Streett stressed the importance of educating the educators on the issues and struggles LGBT students face. Currently, Curran is the Executive Director of the Capital Pride Center.

The Hudson Pride Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. The Hudson Pride Foundation relies on private donations, grants, and local businesses for our efforts. The Hudson Pride Foundation is a registered 501(c)3, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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