Facilitated by the CICCE, Allies training is a 2.5 to 3 hour workshop that aims to 1) encourage a basic understanding of LGBTQ+ definitions, concepts and terms relating to sexual orientation and gender identities, 2) introduce campus and state-level issues and concerns that impact individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and/or questioning/queer, and 3) model how to be an effective and informed ally to those communities. This training can be modified to be suitable for students, faculty, and staff. As a result of participation, individuals should be able to:
- Articulate the role of an ally and the purpose of the Allies program as it relates to LGBTQ+ advocacy and inclusivity;
- Practice active bystander intervention strategies;
- Identify campus resources for members of our LGBTQ+ community and their allies;
- Increase awareness of basic terms and information about the LGBTQ+ community knowledgeably and with sensitivity;
- Learn how to report incidents of harassment and/or discrimination;
- Develop strategies to reduce incidents of micro-aggressions on UM’s campus, including homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism;
- Implement commitments to help create and promote a supportive and welcoming campus environment for faculty, staff and students, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.