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Registration is open for the October 2022 summit. Click here to register.

10th Annual

ANTI-bullying / GSA Summit

The 10th Anti-Bullying Summit is a half-day gathering to connect and uplift members of Gender Sexuality Alliances, their advisors, and allies that support them as they fight for equity and justice. The event is to fight against bullying and discrimination to bring all students together.

Saturday | October 15, 2022

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11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Georgetown, DE

SPONSORED BY

Say it LOUD. Say it PROUD.

What is the Anti-Bullying & GSA Summit?

The 10th Anti-Bullying Summit is a half-day gathering to connect and uplift members of Gender Sexuality Alliances, their advisors, and allies that support them as they fight for equity and justice. The event is to fight against bullying and discrimination to bring all students together.

GSA advisors and parents are encouraged to attend. We will have special resource and learning sessions for the adults.

Image of Black student union members from Delaware high schools

Enter the

Anti-Bullying/GSA
Summit Challenge

The school with the MOST students at the Anti-Bullying/ GSA Summit will win a $500 cash prize!

Help your school win a cash prize for having the most students in attendance at the Summit! Show support by sharing Summit information and encouraging your friends to register and attend our October 15th event.

How Your School Can Win $500!

Register for the Summit

Text GSA22 to 91999 OR complete the registration form on this page to register.

Spread the Word

Create a video to encourage others to attend. Be creative and share why it’s important to unite all students against bullying and discrimination. Share it on TikTok, Instagram, and/or Facebook. Don’t forget to tag @unitedwayde & use #GSA22.

Attend the Summit

Your school must have a minimum of 10 attendees at the event to qualify. The school with the MOST students in attendance will win a cash prize for their GSA.

Learn More About the Challenge

Prizes: 

  • First Place (Most attendees)    : $500
  • Second Place (2nd most)          : $250
  • Third Place (3rd most)              : $150

 

Contest Rules and Details: 

  1. All event attendees must register to attend. Only one registration per person.
  2. Registration closes October 14th, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. 
  3. To qualify for prize entry – each school must have a minimum of 10 students registered and in attendance the day of the event (October 15th, 2022). 
  4. A cash prize will be awarded to the school with the most students in attendance; prize amount $500.
  5. The prize will be distributed by the United Way of Delaware to each school’s GSA Administrator or staff member for appropriate tracking. Cash prizes will not be distributed directly to students.
  6. Participation is open to any student, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, nationality origin or membership in any other protected category. 

Event Details

Summit Schedule

 

There are targeted trainings for students, advisors & teachers, and school administrators.

Saturday | October 15, 2022

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11:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Carter Partnership Center

Delaware Technical and Community College
Georgetown Campus
21225 College Drive,
Georgetown, DE 19947

Volunteer Opportunities

 

We are actively looking for trusted adults to help us out the day of the summit. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help out during the event, please click here to learn more and sign up.

11:00 am
11:00 am

Welcome

11:30 am
11:30 am

Keynote Speaker

DeShanna Neal

12:15 pm
12:15 pm

Lunch

1:15 pm
1:15 pm

Create Your Own Change

2:10 pm
2:10 pm

Breakout Session #1

2:40 pm
2:40 pm

Breakout Session #2

3:00 pm
3:00 pm

Closing & Wrap Up

Breakout Sessions & Panels

 

Breakout #1

Let’s Talk about it!

STUDENT PANEL

Join this workshop to talk about emotional, physical and mental safety when thinking about physical affection. How do you make sure you and your friends always feel safe.

Today’s Struggle, Tomorrow’s Strength!

Join us as a panel of experts talks about how to cope with hard feelings.  The LGBTQ+ community faces many forms of discrimination, including: labeling, stereotyping, denial of opportunities or access, and verbal, mental and physical abuse. This can be hard to carry daily or even be an ally. Let’s talk about how to cope as an advocate.

Don’t Say GSA!

How to start and sustain a GSA at your school. Join the team as we give you everything you need to know about starting your own Gender Sexuality Alliance and how to sustain it if you already have one. Learn tips to keep your friends active, how to talk to your advisors and administration, and how to find causes that make your community more equitable. We will answer questions and give all of the answers.

Queer-story

LBGTQ History. There’s nothing new under the sun. Join this interactive race across time to talk about the history of the LBGTQ and the people that started it.

Breakout #2

Don’t Say GSA!

How to start and sustain a GSA at your school. Join the team as we give you everything you need to know about starting your own Gender Sexuality Alliance and how to sustain it if you already have one. Learn tips to keep your friends active, how to talk to your advisors and administration, and how to find causes that make your community more equitable. We will answer questions and give all of the answers.

Expression Yourself!

This creative arts workshop will leave you with an artful masterpiece to express YOU. Join our teachers as they take you on a journey to find yourself through art.

Voguing: 10s Across the Board!

Join us as we showcase our style and moves with a voguing dance workshop! Express yourself through the art of movement, celebrating the Queer community’s artistic cultural contribution.

Mi Cultura Viva en Mí - My Culture Lives in Me

Join us as we discuss the experiences of the Latin(x) and LGBTQ+ community, challenges faced in their intersectionality, and how best to support Latin(x) students and peers. This will be an open discussion where students, advisors, and parents will be able to openly talk with one another

Keynote Speaker

DeShanna Neal, BS, MS

 

(she / they)

DeShanna Neal is a queer, mother of 4 and graduate of Wilmington University of a MS in Applied Family Science. Since sharing their story of raising a transgender child, they have been a public figure for families of LGBTQ children in Wilmington, Delaware for several years. They battled Delaware Medicaid for pediatric transgender services after their own transgender child was denied and after an eight months fight, they won. Changing policy for all transgender and non-binary youth in the state. 

They are the co-organizer and creator of New Castle County’s first ever LGBTQ Youth Pride Festival, as well as, Delaware’s first Drag Queen Story Hour. They have also co-authored a children’s picture book, My Rainbow, with their daughter Trinity Neal. Now, they have created their new non-profit for Delaware’s often ignored LGBTQ communities to ensure they too have a place at the table.

Image of DeShanna Neal Keynote Speaker for 10th Annual Anti-Bullying / GSA Summit

Need a Ride?

We Got You!

We don’t want transportation to keep you from attending the summit. That’s why we have organized buses to get you to Georgetown!

From

Wilmington

Buses will pick up students from:

Riverfront Penn Cinema

401 S. Madison Street, Wilmington, DE

Departure: 8:45 am
Return: 6:00 pm

From

Milford

Buses will pick up students from:

Milford Movies

989 N. Dupont Blvd, Milford, DE 19963

Departure: 10:00 am
Return: 4:30 pm

From

Middletown

Buses will pick up students from:

Westown Middletown Theater

150 Commerce Dr., Middletown, DE

Departure: 9:15 am
Return: 5:15 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the dress code?

The dress code is casual. You can feel free to wear what you want to express yourself as long as it doesn’t have any offensive language or slogans.

Will this be fun?

Absolutely. We will have some learning and workshops, but there will be plenty of time to connect with one another and talk to your friends and make new connections. We will also have a DJ for some fun tunes.

Are parents able to attend?

Yes, parents are welcome to attend. We will have workshops specifically, for parents.

Are advisors able to attend?

Yes, we encourage GSA advisors to attend and support their students. We will have specified workshops for them to connect and grow together.

How much does it cost to attend?

This Summit is brought to you by United Way of Delaware PRIDE Council and other partners so that is FREE of cost to you.

Can I invite friends?

Yes, invite all of your friends. Remember the school that has the most participants in attendace will receive a $500 cash prize!!

Will there be food?

Yes, we will have lunch and snacks throughout the day.

I live in New Castle or Kent County? Who do I call about Transportation help?

We have buses coming from across the state. Contact Alex Southerst at asoutherst@uwde.org to find out more information.

I’m not a part of a GSA. Can I still come?

Yes, everyone is invited. If you’re interested in equity and against bullying. THIS IS FOR YOU! You don’t have to identify as LBGTQ+ either, you can come as an ally!

Are there any volunteer opportunities?

We are actively looking for trusted adults (21 and over) to help us out the day of the summit. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help out during the event, please click here to learn more and sign up.

Register Today!