Due to our staffing capacity, we are not currently accepting training requests outside of our scheduled sessions. To sign up for this semester’s open training session, please see the information below.
The Allies on Campus program provides two trainings for individuals to show their active support of LGBT+ people. It is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Following a training seminar, members are given the opportunity to sign a contract of their continuing support and advocacy for the community. Once attendees have signed a contract, they are welcome to visit the Inclusion Center to pick up their sticker to display their support for the community.
What it Means to Become an Ally
Attending a seminar does not require you to become an ally. Signing an Allies on Campus Contract is a declaration to openly advocate and to provide a “safe zone” for anyone who identifies as LGBT+. Allies are identified by an Ally sticker or button. Faculty and staff members of Allies on Campus are listed publicly on this website so that students can seek them out.
Allies are those who:
- Are committed to providing a “safe zone” for anyone who identifies as LGBT+.
- Openly declare their support for LGBT+ individuals.
- Respect all people regardless of age, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
- Believe that diversity enriches our lives.
- Are committed to educating themselves and others to reduce homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia and gender bias.
- Are willing to provide support and be resources to students struggling with sexual orientation and/or gender identity issues.
LGBT+ Ally and Trans Ally Trainings
Individuals who are interested in continuing their knowledge and support for members of the LGBT+ community have the opportunity to attend two distinct trainings: Allies on Campus Training and Trans Ally Training.
The Allies on Campus Training is a free, 3-hour training that focuses on the broader LGBT+ spectrum, including gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as experiences of individuals who identify as LGBT+. The seminar is both didactic and experiential. Some exercises may elicit strong emotional reactions for the purpose of empathy building, but personal sharing is not required.
The Allies on Campus training includes the following:
- An overview of the purpose of the Allies on Campus training
- Information on issues that LGBT+ students may be facing
- Local resources for the LGBT+ community
- The opportunity to sign a contract to become an Ally on Campus.
The Trans Ally Training is a free, 2-hour training that provides greater focus on the multitude of identities within the transgender community, including more information on gender identity. The seminar is both didactic and experiential. Some exercises may elicit strong emotional reactions for the purpose of empathy building, but personal sharing is not required.
The Trans Allies training includes the following:
- Understanding gender outside the binary
- Common terminology
- Understanding transphobia and issues Trans student face
- Confronting unconscious bias and showing Trans allyship
- All participants receive free Trans 101 Manual