A Student Looks Back on the Colorado GSA Leadership Summit

By Shelby Kindell, Colorado State University-Pueblo

Equality, activism, young leaders creating a dialogue surrounding the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer / questioning, and allied individuals: sounds like my cup of tea.

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the Colorado GSA Network’s Colorado GSA Leadership Summit. It was a day-long event filled with more than twenty-five workshop options ranging from organizing GSAs/QSAs, to trans-identity support, to accepting religious entities. It was so great to see so many inspiring, interested, engaged, and attentive youth and young adults from state high schools and colleges come together to foster networks and conversations surrounding the current state of GSAs/QSAs in Colorado.

I, as a part of the GSA Network Leadership Council, feel very fortunate to be able to participate in events like these that alter the course of history and the perception of LGBTQ youth in Colorado. I loved being a presenter and getting to work with so many advisers and students who are truly wanting to make a difference.

The Summit definitely was the best jumping off point for the Leadership Council, and we ALL can only go up from here! So many folks spoke on how their life was changed after attending this event; they finally found a purpose for being here. Still, many left knowing that they were now charged with the purpose and action to take their knowledge and make a difference. This is definitely a must-attend event for the future, and it’s sure to be even more stellar next year. Hope to see you there!