Program Details: Open to the public

Building LGBTQ-Inclusive Capacity Through University-District Partnership

A Queer Endeavor is a grassroots, queer-led initiative housed in the School of Education. Through deep partnerships with researchers, education leadership, and teachers, our work aims toward creating safer, more inclusive school communities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, families, and staff. We work in direct partnership with CU’s teacher preparation program and local school districts and also provide training and materials to a national audience.

In 2015, A Queer Endeavor and Boulder Valley School District launched a collaborative partnership. Our partnership is guided by two goals: (1) investigating how best to support educator learning of LGBTQ-inclusive practices and (2) building capacity within Boulder Valley School District to support effective implementation of programming, policy, and practice that foster safe, equitable learning environments. In Years 1 and 2, our partnership supported ~150 educators in the district to become emerging experts through professional development sessions that we called Teacher Institutes. Currently, in Year 3, our project plans include recruiting a cohort of 10 emerging experts to become teacher leaders who will gradually assume responsibility for meeting gender and sexual diversity-specific needs in Boulder Valley, including facilitating professional development for educators across the district. This outreach award supports us to (1) develop a “train-the-trainer” model of professional learning for emerging experts and (2) create a cohort of thought partners to develop, test, and refine professional development programming.

In April 2018, A Queer Endeavor received a micro grant from the Office of Outreach and Engagement to support our efforts to organize a statewide institute on LGBTQ-inclusive educational practices to be held on June 28-29, 2018, in Boulder, CO. This 2-day conference is geared toward PK-12 educators and youth-serving adults who want to learn and develop promising practices for creating safe, affirming learning environments for LGBTQ youth. Our goal is to provide educators not only knowledge and resources, but also an opportunity to connect with one another and to build networks of support. This event will be held in partnership with Boulder Valley School District and is also supported by Out Boulder County, One Colorado, and the Jared Polis Foundation.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Education

In Colorado

  • Boulder

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • A Queer Endeavor
  • Boulder Valley School District

Program Contact

Sara Staley and Bethy Leonardi
Research Associates

Program Categories


  • Diversity
  • Education (Adult)
  • Education (K-12)
  • Education (Pre-K/Early Learning)
  • Teacher Renewal & Enhancement

Program Types:

  • Community Development
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Summer Program - General Public


  • Minority Group(s)
  • Teachers - Early Learning
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School