Slesaransky-Poe Quoted in Corpus Christi Caller-Times Article

May 18, 2011

Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Associate Professor in Special Education, Coordinator of the Masters, Five-Year, and Certification Program in Special Education, was quoted in the article “High schools learning how to deal with Gay-Straight Alliances,” which covers the recent debate on schools policies on the creation of clubs that address homophobia, gender identity and sexual orientation issues.

“'Despite the more open attitudes, bullying of gay teens remains a problem, evidenced by the widely publicized suicides of gay teens last year,' said Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, an associate professor at Arcadia University in Philadelphia who provides training on gay youths.

"The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a national advocacy group, found that gay students report feeling safer at schools with Gay-Straight Alliances.

"The organization conducted surveys in 2009 of more than 7,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students in schools across the United States.

"Students in schools with Gay-Straight Alliances said they heard fewer gay slurs, felt less victimized because of their sexual orientation, missed fewer days of school because of safety concerns and reported a greater sense of belonging to their school.” Read the full article.