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 www.hmi.org.