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Bud Harrelson working to make schools safer

Harrelson, a doctoral student, is already digging into work aimed at helping students. He talks with #SOElongform about the work.

Bud Harrelson is driven.

Teaching in schools in Greensboro, he learned that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students who are struggling with their identities and how to fit in needed help. But teachers like himself — even though he is gay — don’t always know how best to give that support.

Harrelson is one of the leaders of a group — Safe Schools NC — that has worked to support educators wanting to learn more about how to support LGBTQ students. School of Education alumnae Meg Goodhand (M.S.A. ’12, Ed.D. ’14 ), principal at E.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham, and Jen Benkovitz (M.S.A. ’03, Ed.D. ’08), are other leaders of the group.

The three and others working with Safe Schools NC organized a conference in Chapel Hill in November for educators, helping them develop better understandings of LGBTQ issues and how to help LGBTQ students.

For #SOElongform, Harrelson talked about the work. The story includes a video interview with Harrelson in which he talks about Safe Schools NC and the conference.

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