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Some students in our high schools and colleges can feel isolated from classmates and educators because of sexual orientation and gender identity. They may feel they are without the understanding and support they need to learn and succeed.

“The challenge for every educational institution is to create a safe and tolerant environment in which students can learn, share, and grow,” says Dr Adam Zagelbaum, Assistant Professor of school counseling in the College of Education at Governors State University.

To help school personnel create a more understanding environment, GSU is hosting a free workshop designed to give educators the knowledge and tools they need to create a better, safer learning environment. “Safe Schools Training: Improving the Academic Climate Around Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” will be held on May 18 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at GSU.