Conference Program 2004

SAFE SCHOOLS FOR GAYS AND LESBIANS

Sponsored by the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Wednesday and Saturday, March 17 &  20, 2004

Wednesday, March 17

The Laramie Project
STM Auditorium
8:00 pm


Saturday, March 20, 2004
Morning Plenary Session
9:00am
  • "Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer visual narratives: Education, community, and culture. A multi-media presentation"
    Kris Wells, University of Alberta
  • Greetings from the President–Dean Cecilia Reynolds, College of Education
  • Greetings from Bishop John Shelby Spong
  • Voices from our schools

9:30am

Forming GSAs: Challenges and possibilities
At the university–Carole Pond, Co-ordinator, Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Service, University of Saskatchewan
In the STF–Kit Loewen, Administrative Staff, STF
In schools–Patti Rowley, Teacher, Mount Royal Collegiate

10:00am   

A visit by a few members of The Laramie Project cast

10:30am

Bridge City Chorus - "Some of my Best Friends Are Straight" "Sikuyo (We Are Walking)

10:40-11:00 am    Coffee Break

11:00am

University of Alberta Agape Group
–An overview the status of GSAs in Canada;
–experience and successes in Alberta;
–two short skits–meeting to set up a GSA and a GSA visualized a few months later in which students and a teacher moderator work to keep the GSA active and purposeful in their school

12 noon-1:15pm    Lunch
Afternoon Sessions

1:15-1:45pm    Plenary Session:

John Simpson, former principal from Coquitlam, now superintendent in the Burnaby School District; "The formation of the first high-school GSA and the education of an administrator"

1:45-2:45 and 2:45-3:45    Breakout Sessions:

The Agape Group, University of Alberta "GSAs in Canadian Schools: Student Resilience in the Face of Institutional Resistance" (An interactive workshop).

Wes Pearce, "Edward II vs. Romeo and Juliet: The need for pro-gay choices in theatre departments

Warren Linds, Two-hour workshop on how to develop/use interactive theatre, plus a "production" to be performed in the final session

Melanie Morrison– "Homonegativity : Early Research Findings

Jay Kennard, "An STF Initiative: Safe Schools and Uncovering the Stones

3:45pm    Interactive Theatre and Wrap-up