Get big paper to write down your club’s group agreements. Play the video for your club, and pause after each example to discuss.
What’s in this video:
What is SQUINCH and how do we use this curriculum?
What are your club’s group agreements?
Here are some examples with explanations.
1) Don’t yuck my yum
2) One speaker at a time, or “I’m holding the conch shell”
3) Take space, make space
4) Avoid generalizations, or use ‘I’ statements
5) Respect pronouns and names
6) Challenge by choice
7) What happens in GSA stays in GSA
8) Affirm and address harm
9) Make consent our culture
10) No war stories
11) Add more here!
We recommend your group decides on group agreements and writes them on a poster. When you’re done, each person can take our survey: https://tinyurl.com/mw9m6bd7 If you take the survey, your club will be entered to win a prize! We plan to create more modules, so let us know what you want to learn about.
SQUINCH is a digital curriculum for GSA clubs (Gender and Sexuality Alliance/Gay Straight Alliance) to learn healthy relationship skills. Each module contains a video, facilitator’s guide and transcript. SQUINCH stands for Sharing Queer Understanding, Inclusion, Nonviolent Communication, and Health! SQUINCH is a project of the Health Equity Alliance for LGBTQ+ New Mexicans (HEAL Plus NM).
Each learning module can be a standalone discussion or activity for the club, and we encourage GSA student leaders to choose and lead the modules that most interest them.
GSA student leaders are encouraged to read the facilitator’s guide, play the video for the club, and host a discussion on each module. The facilitator’s guide has resources, additional discussion questions, and tips. Find the facilitator guides here: https://healplusnm.org/squinch
The video portion of the module includes information, activities, discussion prompts, and quizzes. Modules can be accessed in any order and any amount. We do encourage starting with Module 1: Welcome & Group Agreements.
Each video has high quality closed captioning and transcripts.
Here is the SQUINCH playlist in order:
If you are looking for information about starting or supporting a GSA, contact New Mexico GSA Network. https://themountaincenter.org/programs/nmgsa/
We warmly appreciate the GSA youth advisors for providing feedback and direction for the development of this curriculum.
Special thanks to our collaborator, Stacy. You can find them at