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                                            Katrina Plotz

Katrina Plotz, our new Safe Schools Coalition Organizer, joined OutFront’s staff just a few weeks ago, but has been an activist since high school. She attended Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul where social justice was a key part of the curriculum. In college, she studied Secondary Education and English at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and was involved with environmental and socio-economic justice events on campus.

 

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In 2009, when Katrina was a teacher and debate coach in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, she helped form the Gay Equity Team (GET), a grassroots group of concerned parents, staff, and community members who came together to improve the school climate for students in the district. Their goals were to expand the district's anti-bullying policy to include protections for students targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, secure training for staff on the needs of LGBT students, and eliminate a curriculum policy that required staff to be "neutral" on matters of sexual orientation. After lots of hard work and a successful legal settlement, these goals were achieved.

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As a GET member, Katrina also became better acquainted with OutFront. She met Legal Director Phil Duran who provided legal support for GET, and she later developed a safe schools workshop with OutFront staff member Justin Anderson. This past summer, while pregnant with her son Anthony, she was an intern with Minnesotans United for All Families. At OutFront, Katrina coordinates the activities of the Safe Schools for All Coalition, which is working to pass comprehensive anti-bullying legislation this session.

If you’d like to get involved with the Coalition, and meet Katrina, join us for a phone bank this Monday, February 4 from 6:30-9:00pm at OutFront’s Office, Suite 207, 310 E. 38th Street in Minneapolis. We anticipate that Safe Schools legislation will be introduced at the Capitol next week and its first stop is the education committees of both houses. That night, we'll be calling OutFront supporters whose legislators serve on those committees. You’ll have the chance to learn more about the bill and help with our early efforts to make sure it passes. For more information, email Katrina.

 
 

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