Center for Psychological Studies

Student Organizations

GSSA Gay Straight Student Association


The Gay-Straight Student Alliance is committed to promoting a welcoming climate for sexual-minority students (i.e., Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) and non-sexual-minority students who are interested in working together to achieve a better understanding of the LGBT population (including queer, questioning, intersex, allies, asexual, and pansexual individuals). It strives to enhance training and research in LGBT counseling and psychotherapy.

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As part of its mission the GSSA seeks to

Consistent with its mission the GSSA has also become active in various community service venues.  For example, GSSA was a co-sponsor and members served as volunteers at the SunServe Social Services Center.  This organization holds an annual GLBT family conference entitled “Valuing Our Families”. GSSA members have also volunteered their time at the Poverello Center (a local HIV/AIDS community based food bank and thrift store) and at the Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Community Center (GLCC).

The GSSA is currently advised by Dr. Moragne. The GSSA encourages everyone to attend its meetings.


2010-2011 Executive Board

gssa officers
President Laurie Simontacchi (239) 464-8524
Vice President Michael Vallario (973) 610-9718
Treasurer Matt Seidl (317) 374-2663
Secretary Estefania Masias (954) 336-0220
Outreach Volunteer Coordinator Tomi Bachar (954) 663-6762
Public Relations Jose Serrano (954) 882-3266
Historian Abby Savage (585) 520-4694
Social Chair Carly Rubenfeld (516) 729-4568