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Friday, June 16, 2017

Scholars Capstone Spotlight: The Effectiveness of GSA's

Madeline Hahn, a recently graduated senior in the Ridge View's Scholars Academy Magnet for Business and Law, conducted her Senior Capstone research project on the impact and effects of having a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) on high school LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, etc) students. GLSEN (2011) cites GSAs as one of several solutions to the hostile climate facing LGBTQ+ students. Hahn chose a southeastern high school that has an active GSA, where five students ranging in age, race and LGBTQ+ identification, voluntarily answered questions about their involvement with the GSA, their school, and their experience in the LGBTQ+ community. Findings show that the GSA was responsible for an increased sense of belonging and comfortability sharing thoughts and feelings. You can follow Madeline Hahn on Twitter @gsa_foreveryone. Hahn will be studying business at the University of South Carolina this fall.