Inspired by Dan Savage’s YouTube sensation; the It Gets Better Tour is a nationally renowned collaboration between the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Speak Theater Arts, and the It Gets Better Project. The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) invited the tour to our college to hold several events for MCE community Members, Local Elementary School Students, and the Greater Denver Community.
The week’s events included a morning session with students from the Ricks Center for Gifted Education and MCE Community members. In true Ricks’ spirit, students engaged in an array of difficult discussions about their own experiences with bullying. Discussions were interspersed with musical performances that livened the experience and had many participants clapping along.
Educators from across Denver participated in an evening session which included a panel discussion. Tour members presented counter-bullying techniques like their signature The It Gets Better World Cafe. World Cafés are developed in local, intimate venues, to facilitate community dialogue which examines the LBGT experience. Audience members were invited to attend the next Denver Café.
Two big themes included standing up for your peers when you see bullying and the impact that a single teacher can have on a student who is being bullied. MCE and the It Gets Better Tour are united in empowering educators to support children involved in these difficult encounters.