Meet the Principal!
Artie Hartsell, MSW (they/them/theirs)
Artie has nearly fifteen years of LGBTQ+ programming, services, activism and advocacy, beginning with organizing on their very conservative Baptist undergraduate campus. At this institution, Artie completed all requirements for a Bachelors in Religious Studies and a focus in Christian Education, with a minor in Youth Ministry. During this time, they also provided public relations support for local YMCA programs. Artie ultimately received their undergraduate and graduate social work degrees at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with direct practice and policy focuses on LGBTQ+ youth and families, transgender adolescents, and harm reduction. Artie has served as a member of a local LGBTQ+ PAC and helped win municipal-level non-discrimination protections and PrEP access while working full time as a medical case manager for adults with HIV. Artie has also worked with LGBTQ+ youth at Time Out Youth and co-founded Prism, a program for young adults aging out of youth programming. In these roles, they provided training to many kinds of agencies and volunteers on working with LGBTQ+ youth. They were also a co-founder of the Charlotte Trans Closet and other trans programming in Charlotte, now thriving under nonprofit leadership. Artie has served as a foster care case manager and licensing and clinical coordinator for foster care agencies, training and supervising case workers and foster parents in working with youth across difference. Artie has organized around voting rights and currently serves as the election and advocacy strategist at a statewide LGBTQ+ organization organization and does federal nondiscrimination protection advocacy for a national faith-based organization. Artie is working towards their Masters of Arts in Religious Studies with a focus in LGBT Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary.