U.S. Department of Education to Participate in and Co-host White House LGBT Conference in Arlington, Texas


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Event Date 1: March 20, 2012 08:30 am - 12:00 pm
Event Date 2: March 20, 2012 04:30 pm - 05:00 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with senior staff, will participate in the White House Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Conference on Safe Schools and Communities on Tuesday, March 20, at the University of Texas in Arlington. Duncan will deliver remarks by video. The Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Michael Yudin will participate in a panel discussion on safe schools, and Bob Kim, senior counselor at the Department, will moderate the panel. Deborah Temkin, research and policy coordinator for bullying prevention initiatives; Angela Hights, chief regional attorney; Leticia Soto, senior attorney; and Phyllis Scattergood, education specialist—all from the Department—will conduct afternoon workshops on bullying/cyberbullying prevention, federal legal protections for LGBT students, model K-12 policies and procedures, and safety and inclusion on college campuses, respectively. Attorney General Eric Holder and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett will give keynote remarks. Additionally, Judy Shepard, mother of the late Matthew Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and murdered in 1998 by two men because of his sexual orientation, will deliver remarks during the closing session.

In addition to the White House and the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice and the University of Texas at Arlington are hosting the Texas event. The morning plenary sessions will be streamed live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

The White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools and Communities is part of a series of conferences that will be held around the country specifically focused on LGBT students. These conferences will provide grassroots leaders, community organizers, advocates, students, and interested citizens an opportunity to hear directly from the Administration about efforts to ensure equal access to education for these students as it does for all students.

NOTE: Media representatives who wish to cover the morning session must pre-credential by emailing their names, titles, organizations, positions and contact information to USDOJ-Office.of.Public.Affairs@usdoj.gov by 1 p.m. ET today, Monday, March 19.


Event 1
Who :

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Attorney General Eric Holder
Valerie Jarrett, White House senior advisor
James Spaniolo, president, University of Texas at Arlington
Michael Yudin, acting assistant secretary for Elementary & Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Deborah Temkin, research and policy coordinator for bullying prevention initiatives, U.S. Department of Education
Bob Kim, senior counselor, U.S. Department of Education
Angela Hights, chief regional attorney, U.S. Department of Education
Leticia Soto, senior attorney, U.S. Department of Education
Phyllis Scattergood, educational specialist, U.S. Department of Education
Becky Monroe, acting director of Community Relations Services, U.S. Department of Justice
Robert Pitman, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas
Sarah Saldana, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas
Torey Cummings, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Judy Shepard, mother of the late Matthew Shepard and co-founder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation

What :

White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools and Communities

When :

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
8:30 a.m. - Noon CT – Morning Session

Where :

University of Texas at Arlington
E.H. Hereford University Center
300 W. First St.
Arlington, Texas

Event 2
Who :

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Attorney General Eric Holder
Valerie Jarrett, White House senior advisor
James Spaniolo, president, University of Texas at Arlington
Michael Yudin, acting assistant secretary for Elementary & Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Deborah Temkin, research and policy coordinator for bullying prevention initiatives, U.S. Department of Education
Bob Kim, senior counselor, U.S. Department of Education
Angela Hights, chief regional attorney, U.S. Department of Education
Leticia Soto, senior attorney, U.S. Department of Education
Phyllis Scattergood, educational specialist, U.S. Department of Education
Becky Monroe, acting director of Community Relations Services, U.S. Department of Justice
Robert Pitman, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas
Sarah Saldana, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas
Torey Cummings, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Judy Shepard, mother of the late Matthew Shepard and co-founder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation

What :

White House LGBT Conference on Safe Schools and Communities

When :

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
4:30 – 5 p.m. CT – Closing Session

Where :

University of Texas at Arlington
E.H. Hereford University Center
300 W. First St.
Arlington, Texas

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