The GSC Education Coordinator, in collaboration with campus partners, creates and facilitates workshops to engage students, staff, faculty, and administrators in affirming all women and LGBTQA+ people, and people with more than one of these identities. The GSC offers a series of workshops by request and offers a select number of scheduled workshops open to faculty, staff, and students. These interactive workshops use an intersectional approach to foster and develop allyship practices that promote equitable, and affirming climates across overlapping identities and communities. To date, the GSC has provided workshops to approximately 23,000 people on campus.
What People Are Saying:
“Handouts are wonderful. Discussions/scenarios to think about were easily relatable to my job.” – Staff Member
“I have more language skills to speak about the issues. I feel empowered.” – Graduate Student
“Thank you for your very skilled facilitation of these workshops.” – Faculty Member
“Even though I am queer and had thought about a lot of these things already, I still found the structured space that the training provided helpful.” – Graduate Student
“I now have concrete ideas for making change.” – Graduate Student
“I feel more comfortable knowing language that can make students/faculty/staff be more aware.” – Faculty Member
Attend an Open Workshop:
During the fall and spring, we offer workshops open to all UT students, staff, faculty, and administrators. See a list of and RSVP for Spring 2017 workshops here.
Request a Workshop:
If you would like to request one of these workshops or a workshop specific to your needs, for your faculty, staff, and/or students, in or out of the classroom, please fill out a workshop request form and we will follow up with you.
Become an Ally in Action:
Participants who complete both Ally Toolkit workshops 1 & 2 (LGBTQA+ Identities & Practicing Allyship) and sign a GSC Allyship Pledge will receive an Ally Card they can post in their space and will have the opportunity to have their name listed on our Allies in Action website to visibly show their support. We encourage Allies in Action to continue their learning in our workshops around nonmonosexual identities, transgender identities, and sexism.
We see the work of allyship as an ongoing process of learning and advocating for affirmation of LGBTQA+ people. Allyship is practiced both by people who don’t identify as LGBTQA+ and by LGBTQA+ people who advocate across communities. People of all identities are invited and encouraged to attend workshops. All persons of all races, ethnicities, abilities, genders, sexualities, and religions are welcome.
Here’s what the GSC Ally Card means to our Allies in Action:
“I am committed to a process of continual learning on how to support LGBTQA+ people.”
“It means I have committed to learning, growing, and supporting. It means I will do my best to help any student and work to make my department more safe and inclusive.”
- LGBTQA+ Identities (Ally Toolkit Part 1)
- Practicing Allyship (Ally Toolkit Part 2)
- What Do Thriving Queer Communities Look Like?, Presented by Peers for Pride
- Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Fluid Sexuality: Resisting Monosexism
- Histories of & Accountability to Transfeminisms
- Identifying & Interrupting Everyday Intersectional Sexism
- Intersectionality & Allyship
- Toward an Inclusive Campus with Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Students, Staff, & Faculty
- Or, request a workshop specific to your needs.
(Ally Toolkit Part 1)
In this intersectional workshop for LGBTQA+ and non-LGBTQA+ identified people, you will learn and practice a series of vocabulary tools for your support of LGBTQA+ justice in your classrooms, offices, and conversations. You will learn and practice describing the differences between assigned sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and romantic orientation; you will reflect on your own identities. You will practice identifying – and enacting bystander intervention in – microaggressions around gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and romantic orientation. And you will set your intention for inclusive language (including pronouns) for your communities. You will also learn about existing and necessary campus resources for LGBTQA+ people. Attend this workshop on its own or continue on to Practicing Allyship (Ally Toolkit Part 2) with the option to join Allies in Action. LGBTQA+ Identities (Ally Toolkit Part 1) is a prerequisite for Practicing Allyship (Ally Toolkit Part 2).
(Ally Toolkit Part 2)
In this workshop for LGBQA+ and straight people as well as for TQA+ and cisgender people (and people whose identities overlap), you will learn and practice interrupting systemic oppression of LGBTQA+ people in your classrooms, offices, and conversations. You will learn about and practice identifying how multiple systems of oppression (including racism, ableism, classism, and sexism) overlap with heterosexism and cisgenderism on our campus. You will reflect on your own social identities, your relationship with systems of oppression, and your roles in interrupting oppression to make campus safer and more welcoming for all LGBTQA+ communities. At the end of this workshop, you will have the opportunity to sign the Ally Program Pledge and receive the Ally Card. Prerequisite: LGBTQA+ Identities (Ally Toolkit Part 1). Note: This workshop is available only for people who self-select or volunteer to attend. If you supervise someone whom you would like to see build their familiarity with LGBTQA+ terms and concepts, please advise them to attend the LGBTQA+ Identities (Ally Toolkit Part 1) workshop.
- Handout-Daily Effects of Cisgender and Heterosexual Privilege
- Handout-Ally Program Pledge (signing optional)
What Do Thriving Queer Communities Look Like?, Presented by Peers for Pride
What do thriving LGBTQA+ communities look like? Each spring semester, undergraduate peer educators engage audiences in building answers to this question through performance-based workshops. Facilitators perform and engage audiences in discussion of fictional and realistic scenes of interrupting exclusion within and of queer communities on campus. This workshop generates participants’ capacity to describe and imagine affirming intersectional communities of LGBTQA+ people on campus, with the support of allyship of people who do not identify as LGBTQA+, in order to make our campus a place where LGBTQA+ students thrive.
Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Fluid Sexuality:
In this workshop we will talk about bisexuality, pansexuality, and fluid sexuality, terms people use to describe their attraction to people of more than one gender. You will learn a little bit about the history and work of bisexual advocates, and you will build your understanding of and practice strategies for interrupting biphobia and bi-erasure (both inside and outside of LGBTQA+ communities). We will brainstorm actions for supporting the work of bisexual, pansexual, and fluid advocates to make UT a more welcoming place for bisexual, pansexual, and fluid people.
Histories of & Accountability to Transfeminisms
In this workshop we will learn a little bit about the history and work of transfeminists as central to feminist movements, and we will build our understanding of and practice strategies for interrupting transphobia, transmisogyny, and cisgenderism (both inside and outside of feminist spaces). We will define terms and reflect on our own gender identities, gender-based privilege, and experiences of oppression in order to understand how transphobia, transmisogyny, and cisgenderism operate, how these oppressions are part of sexism, and how vital transfeminisms are to all feminist projects.
Identifying & Interrupting Everyday Sexism
Workshop participants will learn about and practice identifying how sexism affects each of us. We will discuss what sexism is, how—in large and small ways—it diminishes women’s and femme people’s quality of life, and how different women and femme people experience sexism differently. We will talk about how sexism affects people of all genders through social expectations about gender roles and gender expression. This interactive workshop also engages participants in describing how racism, homophobia, and transphobia amplify and are interconnected with sexism.
Toward an Inclusive Campus with Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Students, Staff, & Faculty
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create a practice of collaborating to make UT safer and more welcoming for transgender and gender nonconforming people. You will practice setting an expectation of using gender inclusive language, respecting and honoring each person’s own gender identity and expression, noticing and interrupting how stereotypes about race and ability amplify transphobia, supporting the work of transgender and gender non-conforming advocates, sharing information about UT policies, and complying with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Throughout, we will build your understanding of and practice strategies for interrupting transphobia, transmisogyny, and cisgenderism (both inside and outside of LGBTQA+ communities) in order to follow the leadership of trans advocates to make UT a more welcoming place for trans people.