Leveraging Social Capital for Gay Straight Alliances
Thursday, May 12, 12:30-2 p.m.
Karina’s thesis situates the work of Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) advisors within the context of the Safe and Caring Schools Policy (SCSP) in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). The purpose of this thesis was to explore the different ways in which educators in NL schools support 2spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, queer, intersexual, asexual, non-heterosexual (2SLGBTQIA+) students as their advisors in gender and sexuality alliances (GSAs). This study explores the different ways in which GSA advisors engage with different people in their personal and professional networks and access important resources for the benefit of the GSA work. Under a specific policy environment, the findings of this study suggest that GSA advisors’ relationships facilitate the GSA work, especially, by influencing their behaviours to access resources and supports from those relationships.
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Presented by Karina Esparza Sosa