Ally Training

Please note that due to the evolving situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the LGBTQ+ Culture Center has suspended all in-person activities for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, including in-person Ally Trainings. Thank you for your understanding as we work to promote the safety and well-being of all our community, university, and campus partners.

Ally Training Schedule

Ally training is available for IU departments or groups that want to learn more about issues that affect LGBTQ+ students and communities. Everyone has the opportunity to be an ally, whether or not they identify as a member of the queer community--straight people can advocate for LGBTQ+ peers, white folks for people of color, people of average physical or neurocognitive ability for people who have physical and mental limitations, and so on. In this spirit, we provide individuals with practical skills that will help them become better advocates. 

Training gives participants the opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ terminology, good listening strategies, and campus and community resources; attendees then get a chance to role-play scenarios that have happened at IU (such as students experiencing harassment, interactions with insensitive peers, and family conflicts). A session of information and hands-on practice generally runs for about an hour but can be tailored for a group's specific needs.

We can bring Ally Training to you. If your office or department would like to schedule training, please contact us. Please note that we only offer Ally Training to offices and departments within Indiana University-Bloomington.

The Center is currently working on plans to potentially establish virtual training sessions for the Spring 2020 semester. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.