No experience is required!
Peers for Pride (PfP) is a peer facilitation program of the Gender and Sexuality Center. Students will take two courses during the academic year in partnership with the Gender for Women’s Gender Studies. Courses will count for a total of six hours of upper-division credit in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), Social Work (S W), or Theatre and Dance (T D). Additionally, students will receive credit for Cultural Diversity in the United States, and Ethics course flag requirements.
- Fall: WGS 335-1, S W 360K, or T D 357T
- Spring: WGS 335-2, S W 360K, or T D 357T
During the program, students build applied theatre, critical analysis, and facilitation skills as they build the workshop “What Do Thriving Queer Communities Look Like?” Students create message scenes and activating scenes in the workshop to share skills and build space for conversation and accountability across LGBTQIA+ communities and with supporters of LGBTQIA+ communities. The commitments of the workshops are to share skills related to thriving that is nonbinary, decolonial, trans feminist, accountable, intersectional, and loving. Students co-facilitate these workshops in classes, dorms, with student organizations, and in open workshops to build capacity of LGBTQIA+ communities and connected communities to be accountable to each other. Through their facilitation and reflection after workshop facilitation, students continue to build a knowledge of performance-based social justice facilitation in higher education and of intersectional LGBTQIA+ realities.
Members of the “Peers for Pride” program are required to take one class in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. During the fall semester course, “Confronting LGBTQIA+ Oppression: Exploring the Issues and Learning the Skills to Communicate Them,” students learn basic facilitation skills while taking an in-depth look at some issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals. During the spring semester course, “Facilitating Dialogues on LGBTQIA+ Oppression: Peers for Pride in Action,” peer facilitators have the opportunity to fine-tune their facilitation skills and lead workshops across campus. Join us to connect with a wonderful group of people for a year-long transformative project.
Note: Participants are required to make a two (2) semester commitment to the program. Students will receive course flags in Cultural Diversity in the United States and Ethics and Leadership for completing the class. Interested students must complete an application and an interview.
Class Information: Class meets on Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 6:00pm for both fall and Spring semesters. In the spring, students will learn about performance and rehearsal preparation.
To Apply: please fill out this online application and someone will contact you in 1-3 business day. There will be a 30 – 60 minutes informal interview to learn more about you and your learning goals that can be scheduled in-person, Skype, or conference call.
Application Deadline: For priority consideration, submit application by June 6th or prior to the first class of fall semester but there is no firm deadline.
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Attend a Final Performance:
During the spring semester, Peers for Pride facilitators coordinate and perform all their scenes on one evening! Peers for Pride students worked all year to create message scenes and activating scenes in the workshop to share skills and build space for conversation and accountability across LGBTQIA+ communities and with supporters of LGBTQIA+ communities.The final performance is open to ALL UT students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
Light food and refreshments will be provided.
Register to the final performance: Please fill out this online form.
This event is in a building with both ADA accessible & gender inclusive restrooms. ASL and captioning are available upon request. For any accommodations, please contact the GSC at least 3 business days in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request a Workshop:
To request a Peers for Pride training for your student group, class, department, or space, fill out this request form. We will follow up with you in 1-3 business days.