Metropolitan State University's LGBTQ+ Ally Development 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 Development Certificate Program:
- offers participants a theoretical framework for understanding the multitude of genders and sexualities.
- helps participants develop the 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.
- is open to the public.
Individuals who have participated in ally training in the past are invited to attend again, as identities and language are fluid and constantly shifting, so it's best to get a refresher 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.
This Ally Development workshop is broken down into two parts:
- 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.
Those interested in scheduling a workshop for a department, class or organization at Metropolitan State are encouraged to reach out to the Resource Center to 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
For more information, email the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center or Sam Poindexter. Parking is available in Metropolitan State's parking ramp for $5. Free street parking is available. Please note that parking at the Library and Learning Center is limited to one hour, and the duration of the workshop is 3 ½ hours.