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Gay/Straight Alliances: the Key to Resiliency

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 203 A

Gay/Straight Alliances are clubs that offer positive support, resources and assistance in resiliency building for gay and gay gifted students. GSAs are essential Positive External Resiliency Factors for gay gifted adolescents who participate in social settings where their experience is encouraging, affirmative, and informative. These clubs instill Positive Internal Resiliency Factors in the forms of Self-Awareness/Self-Understanding and Stratagems & Coping Mechanisms which can deter suicide and suicidal ideation. This session geared for educators, parents, and counselors/therapists provides talking points about the “ins-and-outs” of how to start a GSA, including the legalities, and includes a GSA panel of students who will share their stories of resiliency.

PJ Sedillo

Assistant Professor Special Education/Gifted
New Mexico Highlands University

Dr. Paul James (PJ) Sedillo was recently published in Gifted Child Today with his article entitled Gay Gifted Adolescent Suicide and Suicidal Ideation Literature: Research Barriers and Limitations and another article in Teaching for High Potential about best practices for Gifted GLBTQ students. He also has a book entitled 40 years of Solidarity, currently being published with ABQ Press. The book is a historical account of the GLBTQ Albuquerque Pride movement from 1976 to 2016.

He is currently President for the NM Association for the Gifted where he assisted with the fantastic board of directors in producing the organization’s annual conference held October of 2016 at the NMHU Rio Rancho Center. He is also the Chair for the GLBTQ Network for the National Association of the Gifted (NAGC) and on the Diversity Special Interest Group designing a Diversity Toolbox. He attended the NAGC conference in Florida in November of 2016 and presented on Gay Gifted Suicide and Resiliency and was on a panel to discuss issues pertaining to Gifted GLBTQ students. Dr. PJ Sedillo was also asked to be the keynote for the University of New Mexico’s GLBTQ Graduation Ceremony for May of 2016. Dr. Sedillo has also introduced Safe Zones at all NMHU locations by providing trainings. He recently had a training session for ARMAS, January 2017.

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