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AUSD LGBTQ Round Table

Roundtable Members

Olivia Higgins, Chair (Bio)

  • LGBTQ Education Consultant
  • Alameda Harvey Milk Day Committee

Terri Elkin, District Liaison (Bio)

  • AUSD Coordinator, Secondary Education

Anne Faria-Poynter, M.S.S., Elementary School Liaison (Bio)

  • AUSD PE Teacher

Audrey Hyman, Teacher Representative (Bio)

  • President, Alameda Education Association
  • Alameda Social Service Human Relations Board
  • Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and their Families

Gene Kahane, Teacher Representative (Bio)

  • English teacher, Encinal High School
  • Alameda Harvey Milk Day Committee

Susan Davis, Communications Liaison (Bio)

  • Senior Manager, Community Affairs, AUSD

Kale Jenks PhD, School-Based Health Center Liaison (Bio)

  • Program Director, School-Based Health Centers

Henry Villareal, EdD, co-founder (Bio)

  • Alameda Harvey Milk Day Committee
  • Alameda Social Service Human Relations Board
  • Alamedans Together Against Hate
  • Community Alliance Resource for Education (C.A.R.E.) Co-Chair

Kaitlin Alcontin, Student Representative (Bio)

  • President, Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School Gay Straight Alliance

Jess Collins, Student Representative (Bio)

  • Vice President, President, Alameda High School Gay Straight Alliance 

Ella Burke, Student Representative (Bio)

  • Liaison, Encinal Jr. & Sr, High School Gay Straight Alliance

Charlie Kleinman, Student Representative (Bio)

  • Vice President, Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School Gay Straight Alliance

Katie Ly, Student Representative (Bio)

  • President, Alameda High School Gay Straight Alliance

Rev. Dr. Laura Rose, Adjunct (Bio)

  • Senior Minister, First Congregational Church


Roundtable Mission

The mission of the AUSD LGBTQ Round Table is to foster an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for all students in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The AUSD LGBTQ Round Table will do ...more

Everyone One Belongs Here Campaign

In 2015, students and adults on the LGBTQ roundtable designed a poster that features a rainbow-colored shield with the words "Everyone Belongs Here" against a backdrop of statements such as, "All Faiths," "All Gender Identities," "All LGBTQ," "All Nationalities," "All Families," and "All Ethnicities."

The poster was made available to any teachers, counselors, administrators, or AUSD staff that wanted to display iit.  "The law mandates that educators treat all students equally regardless of their diversity," says Audrey Hyman, president of the Alameda Education Association. "This poster allows teachers and counselors to further emphasize that they are working to make school sites safe, welcoming environments for all students."

The Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families, Alameda City Council, Alameda Education Foundation, Alameda PTA Council,  Alameda Chamber of Commerce, and AEA and CSEA 27 and 860 have all signed on to the campaign. 


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Events of Interest to our LGBTQ Community

2017 Harvey Milk Day Poster and Poetry Contest

Students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to submit posters and poetry to this year’s Harvey Milk Day Contest. The theme is “Hope Will Never Be Silent” and the suggested reflection is, “If hope is never silent what does it say? What does it look like?” Winners will receive $100 and the Grand Prize poster will be distributed throughout AUSD schools. For questions, please contact Gene Kahane or Olivia Higgins .

The theme in 2016 was "Everyone Belongs Here." Zoe Lozeau de Guzman, a 9th grader at Encinal Junior & Senior High School, created the winning poster.

Kierra Harrell penned the winning poem in the high school contest; Katherine Higgins Kiang wrote the winning poem in the contest for grades 5-8.

LGBTQ Roundtable Meeting Minutes

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors,and risk behaviors in the nation. Across California, the CHKS has led to a better ...more