Educational Equity Program

Our Mission

  1. We aim to decrease intersectional inequity and increase LGBTQ+ inclusivity in classrooms, schools, districts, and youth organizations. 
  2. We provide support, teach concrete intersectional equity strategies, facilitate self-reflection, and assist with policy changes.
  3. We encourage youth to develop their leadership skills and to learn that their voices matter.

Program Details

  • Trainings for Educators, Educational Leaders, & Youth Service Providers
  • MN GSA Leadership Council
  • MN Youth Summit for GSAs and Educators
  • MN GSA Advisor Network
  • Trainings for GSAs/SAGAs
  • MN LGBTQ+ Educator Network

Educational Equity means finding what every student needs to be successful - academically, socio-emotionally, and everything-in-between- and getting it for them. The process is complex, dynamic, and on-going: owning flaws and biases, engaging in courageous conversations to challenge prejudice and discrimination, creating environments where students feel safe to share what they need, and breaking down any systems that are creating barriers. Students who feel valued, seen, and celebrated are the ones who will find success. 

Minnesota’s Educational Equity gap is one of the worst in the nation. We need to continue to work together so that every student can get what they need.

Contact Us

Kelly D. Holstine

Director of Educational Equity

612.767.7658

kdholstine@outfront.org

Ophir Gilad

Youth Advocate

510.549.6165

ophir@outfront.org

EDUCATORS MUST BE MORE THAN ALLIES

Kelly speaking
Ted Talk by Kelly D Holstine

The federal Equal Access Act (20 USC 4071 et seq.) mandates that under certain circumstances, students who wish to create or run a GSAs (“Gay-Straight Alliances” or “Gender and Sexuality Alliances”) have the legal right to do so

In recent years, several Minnesota school districts have adopted “gender inclusion policies,” which articulate a district’s planned approach to accommodating the needs of transgender and gender-nonconforming students

In 2017, the Minnesota Department of Education, working with the Department of Human Rights, released its Transgender Toolkit, a booklet outlining a series of best-practice recommendations for schools working to address the concerns confronting transgender and gender-nonconforming students

Information for LGBTQ Students: State and federal law offer lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender/gender-conforming students protection from discrimination and harassment in their schools

In 2014, the Minnesota State High School League approved a policy allowing transgender/gender-nonconforming students to establish their eligibility to play on the team corresponding to their lived gender

If you’re looking for a progressive campus that takes a strong stand against discrimination — and won’t break the bank — read on for the results of our latest study.

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OutFront Minnesota and Transforming Families are filing an amicus brief in a lawsuit about discrimination against transgender and non-binary students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. If you have witnessed or experienced discrimination in any of the schools in this district, we would like to hear your story.

Federal law also protects Minnesota trans students. Title IX prohibits discrimination in federally-funded public schools on the basis of "sex" (See: 20 USC § 1681)

For trans students applying to colleges, very confusing questions can arise surrounding financial aid

OutFront hosts a variety of Support Networks in order to provide support and resources for Minnesotans.

MN LGBTQ+ Educators Network

Our goal is to support and advocate for MN LGBTQ+ educators and their allies. We provide resources, networking, community building opportunities, training, compassion, and empathy.

We understand that isolation, invisibility, and discrimination can impact our mental health and feelings of belonging. We believe that supporting LGBTQ+ educators helps not just educators, but also our students and our school communities.

We have partnered with Education Minnesota and Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) for this initiative.

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MN GSA Advisor Network

This group is for OutFront MN's GSA Advisors and OutFront Staff members to connect, share resources, provide support and make each other's lives easier!

Join This Network

GSAs/SAGAs

Gender Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) and Sexuality and Gender Alliances (SAGAs) are school support groups that provide resources, safe spaces, and community building for LGBTQ+ students and their allies.

GSAs/SAGAs are an evidence-based strategy to improve school climate for all students.

OutFront MN's GSA Advisor Network

OutFront MN's GSA Advisor Network is a supportive resource that helps connect GSA/SAGA Advisors across the state to each other and to OutFront Staff members.

Network members will receive e-newsletters, updates, and be invited to trainings and events. We also have a Facebook Group where members can get immediate support and resources from staff and from each other.

Please email ophir@outfront.org if you are interested in starting a GSA, joining our Network, and/or if you have any other questions.

Free GSA Trainings

If you are interested in having an OutFront staff member come to your school and give a free training, please email us at ophir@outfront.org

Options include:

  • Just Getting Started
  • Intro to Gender & Transgender Issues
  • Beyond the Gender Basics: Intersections of Identity
  • Coming Out
  • Healthy Relationships
  • De-escalation Strategies
  • Advocacy 101
  • Or let us know if you would like us to create a tailor-made training

GSA Leadership Council

We facilitate a year-long leadership program for a select group of GSA LGBTQ+ student leaders who meet twice a month for:

  • Relationship Building
  • Skill Development
  • LGBTQ+ Issue discussion
  • Event Planning
  • Coordinating Strategies for the MN GSA Network
  • Providing Youth Perspective and Input on OutFront Efforts

The Leadership Council is crucial in the planning and execution of our annual Youth Summit which brings together more than 500 LGBTQ+ and allied students and educators from across the state to collaborate, learn, and take action. At the end of the day students get the opportunity to meet with their state legislators to talk about the issues most important to them.

Photo of Youth Leadership Council at OutFront's 2018 Gala
Photo of Youth Leadership Council at Pride
Photo of Youth Leadership Council at Youth Summit
Photo of Youth Leadership Council at Pride
Youth Summit 2020 Logo - Mountains in front of the Pride Flag

Youth Summit 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

8am-4pm | Saint Paul College | 235 Marshall Ave, St. Paul

The Youth Summit is a powerful event for students in grades 9-12. This event brings over 500 LGBTQ+ youth and allies together for leadership development, networking, and the chance to speak directly with state legislators about issues that matter to them. You can download an information packet about the day here.

The day begins with an opening ceremony and youth-led workshops. After lunch, participants will march to the Minnesota State Capitol for a rally and the chance to speak directly with their legislators. Learn more about Legislator Visits here

Adults attend sessions on creating inclusive schools and best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ youth.

Total cost is $15 per person which includes lunch, materials, and parking vouchers. Scholarships are available for anyone in need.

Click here to register

The registration deadline is February 28th.

*You must register in advance to attend Youth Summit 2020*

Teachers, we encourage you to bring a group of students and colleagues!

Students, sign up with your GSA, friends, or register to come on your own!

Youth Summit workshops are student-led and cover topics such as:

  • LGBTQ+ identities and being an ally
  • Racial Justice
  • Building collective power with LGBTQ+ youth across MN
  • Making schools safer for all identities
  • Centering youth stories to drive change

Submit a Workshop Proposal

Workshop proposals are due March 1st.

Sponsor the Youth Summit

As a sponsor of the Youth Summit, you have an opportunity to table at the event to connect with 600+ high school students and educators in addition to networking with other sponsors and attending a workshop on Supporting BIPOC LGBTQ+ Students.

Learn More

Volunteer at the Youth Summit!

This event is not possible without the help of our amazing volunteers!

Sign Up to Volunteer

Watch this Video about Last Year's Youth Summit

LGBTQ+ Youth March to the Capitol

2020 OutFront Minnesota College Scholarship Fund

The purpose of the OutFront Minnesota College Scholarship Fund is to provide financial assistance to graduating high school students and/or current college students who work toward LGBTQ+ equity and plan on attending an institution of higher learning. This $12,000 scholarship will equal $3,000 per annum paid out over four years. If the recipient attends college for less than four years, the scholarship will be shortened appropriately, e.g., if the recipient attends a two year college, the scholarship will be awarded for two years for a total of $6,000. Annual reviews will be conducted to ensure recipients are maintaining their academic standing and the scholarship may be terminated for failure to do so.

The founder of this scholarship program, Dan Livak, has created this Fund to support LGBTQ+ students with their education. Dan has been on his own since he was 16 years old. He knows how challenging it can be to work full time while still working through school without a support network. This Fund was created to provide some financial assistance to make going to college a little easier. 

To apply please fill out the online application: APPLy Online

Download the application as a PDF

For more information, please reach out to Ophir Gilad at ophir@outfront.org