Ally Training

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.

Open Ally Training sessions are available for individuals. Groups of five or more should contact glbtserv@indiana.edu to schedule a private training session. All trainings listed below will take place at the LGBTQ+ Culture Center.

  • Thursday, October 17, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 20, 5:00-6:00 pm

Q&A Office Hours

If you've ever had a question about LGBTQ+ topics where you thought, "I can't ask that," this is a space for you! Q&A Office Hours are held by our Graduate Assistant, who is glad to answer any questions you may have. There's no such thing as a stupid question. No RSVP required; just drop in!

  • Thursday, September 19, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 25, 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 6, 12:00-1:00 pm