Beyond the Drama Club: Safe School Programs

WED, NOV 7, 2001 (1:47:54)

Jeff Perrotti and Kim Westheimer discuss the issues raised in their book, When the Drama Club is Not Enough: Lessons From the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students, which examines schools, individuals and programs that made a positive difference in all students’ lives. Other panelists include gay and lesbian students, teachers, counselors, parents, and researchers.

+ BIO: Kim Westheimer

Kim Westheimer is a diversity consultant, educator, and writer. She conducts workshops and designs written materials related to organizational diversity and strategic planning. Kim is the coauthor of When the Drama Club is Not Enough: Lessons from the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students. Her work has also been published by Phi Delta Kappan, The American Psychological Association, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy. She formerly directed The Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students at the Massachusetts Department of Education. Organizations which have hired Kim to address their membership include the California Association of School Health Educators, The National Institute for Teaching excellence, The Centers for Disease Control Division of Adolescent School Health, congregation Agudat Achim, Casey Family Services, and Harvard University’s Askwith forum. Kim received her master’s degree in Urban Policy from Tufts University and her bachelor’s degree from Cornel University. She has taught undergraduates at Harvard University and graduate students at Framingham State University. She has received numerous awards including a Health and Human Services research grant; a Harvard University Certificate of distinction in Teaching; and an honor award for service from the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network.

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