GLSEN is the leading education organization creating safe and inclusive K-12 schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.
GLSEN Washington State strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN is a nonprofit organization that is runs solely on volunteers. We do not have any paid positions.
We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike.
We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome as members any and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.
by Joseph B.
(Administrator for this Organization)(March 7, 2017)
GLSEN serves an important need in the community. They support LGBTQ students and their allies as well as the educators in schools. They support GSA type clubs and do trainings for educators. GLSEN has changed their volunteer structure to a format that supports collaboration and teamwork. Thanks or all of the work that you do!
by Nicholas G.
(Administrator for this Organization)(March 23, 2016)
GLSEN Washington is entirely volunteer ran, and that creates a passionate and cooperative environment to try and effect meaningful change. There is a lot of opportunity to do something truly meaningful without feeling consistently held back. They try to innovate and create change through empowering their volunteers to step up and do something big. I have gained so much experience volunteering with GLSEN Washington, had the opportunity to assist and empower youth, and have made many valuable connections with community members. I just hope I can continue to volunteer and be part of everything that GLSEN Washington stands for and does.
I attended a training meeting and volunteered to work in the office. I was first requested to come into the office on 4/19, but that was cancelled without explanation. I then signed up for 1-3 on 4/22/2013 but when I showed up at the office I was told there is nothing to do in the office and that they have no need for office volunteers.
GLSEN's mission statement includes that the notion that all people should be valued and respected, but they do not value or respect the talents and time of those who volunteer.
This might be a good organization for students, but it is likely to be a huge disappointment to professionals who want to offer their time and talent.