The work of the GSC Education Program is to collaborate with each of you to make the UT campus welcoming and affirming for women and LGBTQIA+ people and people with more than one of these identities. These workshops are for students, faculty, staff, and administrators; these workshops are for people who do and for people who don’t identify as LGBTQIA+ or as women. These interactive workshops use an intersectional approach to foster and develop allyship practices that center affirming people of color as necessary for affirming women and LGBTQIA+ people.
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
Become an Ally in Action
Participants who complete both Ally Toolkit workshops 1 & 2 (Affirming LGBTQIA+ People: Interpersonal Allyship & Affirming LGBTQIA+ People: Organizational Allyship) and sign a GSC Allyship Pledge will receive a GSC 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 more in our workshops around gender justice and LGBTQIA+ justice.
We see the work of allyship as an ongoing process of learning and advocating for affirmation of LGBTQIA+ people. Allyship is practiced both by people who don’t identify as LGBTQIA+ and by LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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.”