Pride in Diversity

Making sure that all students are safe, seen and valued

LGBTQIA+ Resources for the 2023-24 School Year

The information in this newsletter is meant for school personnel to help create school environments that are physically and emotionally safe for all students.

*If needed, please see accessibility options to the right.

Inclusion: Creating environments and spaces where differences and uniqueness are acknowledged, welcomed, respected, supported, and empowered.

2023 State Board of Education Memo

Michigan's State Board of Education Resolution in Support of Michigan's LGBTQ+ Students, Staff, and Gay Straight Alliances or LGBTQ+ Clubs, 2023

WHEREAS the State Board of Education has a responsibility to ensure that all students in Michigan Public Schools, regardless of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, can safely access a free public K-12 education (see the rest in the link above).

MI State Board of Education Best Practice Strategies

The State Board of Education encourages districts to consider these best-practices strategies to create a more supportive learning environment for all students, including those who are LGBTQ. Districts should engage with their community to develop a process that works for all students.

Best Practices for Supporting LGBTQ+ Students Back to School Edition

Begin the school year by intentionally creating an inclusive environment for LBGTQ+ students in West Michigan. A welcoming environment creates a space where students feel safe, seen, and ready to learn. The Ottawa Area ISD in partnership with Out on the Lakeshore, has put together resources for our schools to use to make their school environments more inclusive and inviting for all students. Check out this Best Practices Handout provided by Out on the Lakeshore that might be helpful to you this year.

2023-24 MDE Virtual Trainings

The Michigan Department of Education is no longer including links to the recordings of previous sessions because they will be offering updated virtual sessions during the 2023-24 school year and want to encourage folks to attend those sessions.

A training calendar with links to register will be coming shortly. Priority will be given to school personnel when registering.

MiChild and Healthy Kids

Free or low cost health coverage is available for children under the age of 19 or pregnant women of any age. Call the MI Child and Healthy Kids hotline at 1-888-988-6300 or apply online.