University of Oregon students, faculty and staff who would like to identify as allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and aromantic people are invited to sign up for training through the Queer Ally Coalition.
Participants are introduced to strategies to support those in the LGBTQIA+ community through their daily interactions. They also learn pronoun practices, inclusive language and supportive strategies for LGBTQIA+ people.
Additionally, members of a student panel share personal experiences of coming out as LGBTQIA+.
“This training incorporates the head, heart and hands,” said Haley Wilson, coordinator of LGBT education and support services in the Office of the Dean of Students. “Participants examine their own understanding of sexuality and gender, then are prompted to understand the lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ people and conclude with learning tools to practice being an active ally in their own lives.”
Training will be offered from 1 to 5 p.m. on three Fridays during fall term: Oct. 4, Oct. 18 and Nov. 8. Advance registration is required.