Morristown-Beard School is spearheading a project to connect students from GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) clubs from area independent schools, and on Thursday, April 2nd, students from the MBS Spectrum club facilitated their first online meeting to help build student networks, plan events and share resources.
The project is being coordinated by Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Upper School history teacher Klarissa Karosen along with World Languages Chair Michael McGrann and Associate Director of College Counseling Lauren Laskey.
The discussions were led by officers from the MBS Spectrum club.
“In general, LGBTQIA+ youth are already at risk for isolation and we wanted to find ways that students could extend their networks and stay connected during this time of social distancing,” said Mrs. Karosen.
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them and their schools and communities. Members of Spectrum, Morristown-Beard School’s GSA club, organize a variety of events including Pride Week, Kicking the Stigma, Night of Voices, and the observance of the national Day of Silence. Spectrum members also participate in the New Jersey Trans Youth Forum annually.