(Formerly the Positive Space Initiative)
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 offer sessions that offer individuals 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 available to queer students; 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.
To learn more or set up a traning session, call our office at 812-855-4252, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.