Why is there a Rainbow Flag outside my Teacher's Door? What are Safe Zones?

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 205

Safe Zone programs aim to create a visible network of support for our gifted lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQQI) individuals and their allies. Safe Zone members are identified by a sign that they hang on their office door or living space, or by other Safe Zone visual indicators, and are trained to be better allies to LGBTQQI students. The session pertains to the possibility of creating the formation of Safe Zones at your educational institution. The moderator provides all necessary tools needed for the discussion and provides “hands-on activities” that are beneficial and informative.

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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