If you are thinking about getting a GSA started, this workshop is for you! Research has consistently shown that the mere presence of a GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance or Gay Straight Alliance) can improve the culture and climate for its members, as well as the entire student body. A growing number of Michigan school districts have GSAs, and many more have reached out to MDE and MOASH for guidance on getting a club started. When it comes to the law, it’s clear that districts that have non-curricular clubs must allow GSAs as well. In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore best practice strategies for how to get started, getting decision makers’ buy in, determining a focus, doing outreach, holding a first meeting, and navigating situations that might arise. Priority for approving registrations will be given to schools that are in the early phases of starting a GSA.