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LGBTQ+ History Month

On September 27th, the School Board of Education approved the month of October to be recognized as LGBTQIA2S+ History Month at GAPS. To celebrate, the EDI department invited Keith Kolkow to a virtual keynote event to talk to our school community about Albany Pride. Keith is the president of Albany Pride, and he presented the steps he takes to organize the annual event, and explained to the audience how to build partnerships and allies for the LGBTQ+ community.

2021 Hispanic Heritage Month

GAPS recognized National Hispanic Heritage Month with the collaboration of all high schools to present three keynote speakers to our staff, students, and community. All presentations were live via Zoom, and each audience had the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences with our guest speaker. Full classrooms, school staff, community members, and more joined us for one, or all, of our keynote presentations. 

Huge shoutout to our community partners, Albany Public Schools Foundation and Central Willamette Credit Union, for making this program possible! Here is the link to our program introduction, and the links below will direct you to a keynote recap and biography of each speaker.


Keynote Speaker 1
Dr. Jesus Jaime-Diaz: Pushed Out of K-12 to a PhD, A Personal Testimony of Perseverance and Support.


Keynote Speaker 2
Executive Director of EDI, Javier Cervantes: Latinas/os/x-Hispanics, A Basic Understanding of a Diverse Identity and Labels

Spanish Translation


Keynote Speaker 3
Gerardo Ochoa: It Starts With the Name, From Inclusion to Belonging
The virtual audience watched Gerardo’s Ted Talk below and discussion with the group followed.


GAPS 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Flyer

Hispanic Heritage Month Poster Mes nacional de la Herencia Hispana