Understanding and Supporting LGBTQ Youth


Feb 26, 2016

This webinar provided an overall understanding of LGBTQ youth, the issues they face in education today, and what supports these students need in planning and applying to college. Specific topics that were addressed included:

• LGBTQ Student Needs

• Identity Development

• Considerations for Career and College Planning/College Advising

• High School Climate Changes

Presenter:  Dr. Ken Jackson, Decatur High School (GA)

Ken Jackson has worked in education for 27 years as a counselor, principal, and English teacher. He has led workshops/ seminars for local schools and national conferences in the area of diversity, specializing in LGBTQ work. He has worked as a consultant for educators, schools and school systems on diversity issues and has created and taught diversity classes in high schools. Ken has his PhD in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia with his dissertation focusing on the experiences of LGBTQ high school and college students.  His research interests include LGBTQ student advocacy, counselor training and attitude, and social justice issues in K-16 settings. He is a member of several professional organizations including ACA, ASCA, ACES, GLSEN, CSJ, ASGW, and ALGBTIC. He is currently Head Counselor at Decatur High School, Decatur, Georgia.