Allies on Campus Seminars
Utah State faculty, staff, and students who are interested in volunteering to be a member of Allies on Campus must attend a three–hour training seminar.
The Allies on Campus Seminar is a free training offered to anyone interested in increasing their knowledge about gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as experiences of individuals who identify as LBGTQA+. 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.
3–hour training includes:
- An overview of the purpose of Allies on Campus,
- information on issues that LBGTQA+ students may be facing,
- information on resources and referrals,
- interaction with a panel of LGBTQA+ students with a question and answer opportunity, and
- an opportunity to sign a contract to become an Ally on Campus.
The last major review to the training content occurred in Fall 2014. However, the content is regularly updated throughout the year. Check back often to download the most current version of the handbook.
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 LGBTQA+. Allies are identified by an Ally sticker or button. Faculty and staff members of Allies on Campus are listed publically 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 LGBTQA+.
- Openly declare their support for LGBTQA+ 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.
You will receive a free copy of the training manual at the Allies on Campus Seminar