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AUSD LGBTQ Round Table


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 so by supporting children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) families and students who identify as or are perceived by others to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or gender non-conforming. Please take a moment to read our Letter to the Community.


  1. Provide resources to the school district to ensure the success of LGBTQ-oriented curricula.
  2. Collaborate with community-based (e.g., business, civic, faith) organizations committed to inclusive, safe spaces for youth and families. 
  3. Develop parent/community groups for support and advocacy of the LGBTQ community.
  4. Coordinate pro bono legal support to help AUSD ensure and safeguard legal rights for LGBTQ youth and families. 
  5. Connect LGBTQ youth and families in the community and schools with appropriate community-based supportive resources.


  1. Organize community-based events to educate about the history and presence of LGBTQ people and families in our schools and city.
  2. Facilitate Harvey Milk Day planning to foster community awareness and understanding.
  3. Assist with AB 9 and SB 48 implementation to promote safe schools.
  4. Coordinate diversity awareness activities/events in all AUSD schools.
  5. Support students, staff, and families who are LGBTQ and allies of the LGBTQ community. 
AUSD Board Policy 0410 Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities defines the district’s intent of fostering work like this as follows: “The Board of Education is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on gender, sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or the perception of one or more of such characteristics. The Board shall promote programs which ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities.”  
Frequently Asked Questions about AB 1266: The School Success and Opportunity Act
Click through to learn more about AUSD's Anti-Bullying Curriculum and useful information for LGBTQ students and families.



Everyone One Belongs Here Poster

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. 


Downloadable version

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Roundtable Members

Anne Faria-Poynter, M.S.S., Co-Chair (Bio)

  • LGBTQ Roundtable Teacher Representative
  • AUSD CTA Human Rights Chair
  • AUSD Physical Education Teacher

Olivia Higgins, Co-Chair (Bio)

  • LGBTQ Education Consultant
  • Alameda Harvey Milk Day Committee

Gene Kahane, Teacher Representative (Bio)

  • LGBTQ Roundtable Teacher Representative
  • Alameda Harvey Milk Day Committee
  • English teacher, Encinal High School

Audrey Hyman, Teacher Representative (Bio)

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

Jennifer WilliamsSecretary (Bio)

  • Alameda Social Service Human Relations Board
  • Alamedans Together Against Hate

Henry Villareal, Ed.D, co-founder (Bio)

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

Terri Elkin (Bio) District Liaison

  • AUSD Coordinator, Instructional Initiatives

Rev. Dr. Laura Rose, Adjunct (Bio)

  • Senior Minister, First Congregational Church

LGBTQ Roundtable Meeting Minutes

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