Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools Conference

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 8:00am to 3:30pm

A conference to create safe, welcoming, and affirming spaces for LGBTQ students, families, and educators.

Conference and Performance Registration


Fees include light breakfast and lunch

  • $70 for Professionals, Family members, Allies
  • $10 for Non-Arcadia Students (College or High School)
  • Free of charge for Arcadia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni (Advanced registration is required)
  • Scholarships available for students and family members. Contact the School of Education at for more information.

About the Conference

Arcadia University’s School of Education is proud to host the third annual Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools Conference on Wednesday, September 30, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by an evening performance and interactive discussion of "Intervention" from 7 to 9 p.m.

Through a day of thought-provoking keynotes, community-based workshops, and collaborative conversations, we will continue working together to create safe spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender nonconforming, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) children, teens, and adults in educational and community settings. This year’s conference will have a particular focus on building strong school communities for transgender and gender nonconforming students.

After the conference, join us for a public performance of “Intervention” followed by an opportunity to engage in an interactive discussion. “Intervention” is an original one-act play exploring issues of queerness, gender identity, spirituality, mental health, and education. Written and performed by Rev. Dr. Kerri Mesner, a member of the Arcadia School of Education faculty. The play has received strong critical reviews locally and nationally in Canada prior to its American debut at Arcadia in 2014. The play is part of Dr. Mesner’s dissertation, which has been selected for the 2015 AERA Division B (Curriculum Studies) Award.

This year we are part of the regional celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the first LGBTQ rights events. Please save the date and help us spread the word to educators, K-16 family members, allies, community members, professionals and students! 

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