The Kick Off is reserved for Sunday's Child Members, Sponsors and by Board Invitation.
The 2019 Sunday’s Child Membership kick-off was held on February 1, 2019 at the Museum of Commerce. This year we annouced that four $26,500 grants will be available for award at our Annual meeting in June. Thanks to all who attended. Our special guest this year was LGBTQ youth advocate and trainer, De Palazzo of Equality Florida. Read more about De below. We look forward to next years kick-off.
Our guest speaker: De Palazzo, Safe Schools Director
De Palazzo brings a passionate spirit and a solid depth and breadth of school-based knowledge to her role as Equality Florida’s new statewide Safe School Director, serving for over 25 years as a classroom teacher, Broward School District LGBTQ Coordinator, national LGBTQ consultant and anti-bias trainer. De helped build exemplary programs and practices in Broward Schools that are considered a national model for school districts looking for guidance.
De has served as a member of the GLSEN National Board of Directors, and founded GLSEN Fort Lauderdale. She has been a nationally certified anti-bias trainer for GLSEN and the Anti-Defamation League, as well as the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools K-5 Project, a comprehensive approach to improving school climate in elementary school environments. De co-initiated “Courageous Conversations about Race,” a race and equity-based initiative in Broward County Public Schools and is a national adjunct trainer for “Future Work Institute” a diversity and inclusion workplace consulting organization.
De holds dual masters degrees in education and conflict resolution. She is respected for her ability to connect easily with school officials and teachers and to create spaces that allow for open, safe dialogue among participants.