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.

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)

Program Types:

  • Community Development
  • Professional Development - Teacher


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