Full Ally Development Training

  • Friday, October 18, 2019
    1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Library and Learning Center
    645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul

    Library and Learning Center

    Information about Metropolitan State University's Library and Learning Center location.

Metropolitan State University's LGBTQ ally training program began in spring 1996 and has trained hundreds of students, staff and outside community members to be allies to the LGBTQIA+ community.

The LGBTQ+ Ally training certificate program:

  • Offers participants a theoretical framework for understanding the multitude of genders and sexualities
  • Helps participants develop necessary skills to become better allies to the LGBTQ community
  • Invites participants to become part of an identifiable and university-wide network of allies in training.

For more information, email the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center or check out the Facebook event page. Register for the training on Eventbrite.

Workshop Description

Part 1: What do all those letters mean?! As our identities shift and morph, so too does the language we use to describe them. In order to gain a better understanding of the experiences of the LGBTQIA community, it is important to learn basic vocabulary used to describe different genders, gender identities, and sexualities. 

Part 2: What does it mean to be an ally? The second half of our workshop introduces participants to the concept of being an ally and what it means to work toward access, inclusion, and support for LGBTQIA students, staff, faculty, and community members.


I did an ally training several year ago, why should I go through it again?

Identities and language are fluid and constantly shifting, so it's best to get a refresh every few years. Plus, like any knowledge base or skill, it is important to practice and renew our commitment to practicing allyship. Afterall, ally is a verb!

Can I attend the workshop if I am not affiliated with the university?

Our workshops are open to the public. 

Where do I park?

Metropolitan State has a parking ramp that costs $5. There is some free street parking, but it can be a little difficult to find a spot a times. Please note that the Library parking lot is 1-hour parking and the workshop is 3.5 hours long.

Can I schedule a workshop for my department, class or organization at Metropolitan State?

We would love to work with you and customize a workshop to fit the needs of your group. Please send an email to the contact information below with the subject line: Workshop Request


Contact the Center for Accessibility Resources by email, or by phone at 651-793-1549, if you need disability-related accessibility accommodations, including parking.