A proud member of the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative, GSA Network is excited to congratulate the fourteen high school seniors who earned a 2011 eQuality Scholarship! The winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship, which is awarded each year to students in Northern and Central California who have promoted understanding of and equality for the LGBTQ community. The collaborative also awards a $5,000 scholarship to one nursing student and a $2,000 scholarship to one medical student.
On July 17, GSA clubs across Northern California will walk together as part of one big and (clearly) fabulous GSA Network Team. Are you interested in being a part of the AIDS awareness action? GREAT!
Brandon Serpas is a sophomore at Schurr High School in Montebello, CA, and he is the President of his Gay-Straight Alliance club.
Benji Delgadillo is a junior at San Juan Hills High School, and he is a trainer on the Southern California Youth Council, a member of the Statewide Advocacy Council and serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for GSA Network. His story, below, was referenced in The New York Times article on the FAIR Education Act.
I was so proud to testify this morning in support of the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act (SB 48), and I’m even more pleased to share the good news that in a vote of 6-3, the FAIR Education Act passed out of the California Senate Education Committee. This important bill addresses what State Senator Mark Leno, author of SB 48, called “the conspicuous absence of protection” when it comes to sexual orientation and gender identity in our education laws.
Spring is finally here! That means losing an hour of sleep, flowers blooming everywhere, and the end of the school year is right around the corner. It also means its time to start getting ready to hand over the leadership of your GSA to new students!