ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM
Ensuring a Safe and Supportive Environment
For Our LGBT Community
NEXT TRAINING SESSION
For Faculty & Staff
Friday, January 23, 2015
2:00-4:00 PM, SGA Meeting Room
Sign Up: firstname.lastname@example.org Max Class Size: 15
BSC faculty and staff are invited to attend the next Ally Training Program session.
This “safe zone” program provides the campus community with vital resources for advising our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students. As professionals in higher education, we believe this initiative is necessary to create an environment of support and care for all of our students. As BSC increases its recruitment efforts, we find that these types of programs can be positive for the overall reputation of the college. The program also underscores the significance of creating and maintaining a diverse student body and campus. We consider it a crucial component of a true liberal arts education.
The session promises to be interesting and enjoyable. All
attendees will receive a resource booklet. Refreshments will be served.
Certificates will be presented to all attendees.
MISSION & PURPOSE
The BSC Office of Multicultural Affairs is proud to launch its new Ally Training Program. The purpose of this initiative is to raise awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues and to ensure a safe and supportive environment for our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.
The BSC Ally Training Program is a team of BSC faculty and staff dedicated to fostering a climate of respect for and acceptance of all people regardless of their identity or background. It is an educational initiative that offers resources and information about the concerns of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.
It seeks to be a campus-wide network of allies and advocates that provides a non-judgmental and affirming sanctuary for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. It is a diversity program aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.
It is an organization of allies and advocates seeking to address bigotry, prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and violence. It is a group of concerned colleagues seeking to confront injustice and reduce homophobia, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression on campus.
These types of programs are common at many colleges and universities and are typically called "safe zone" or "safe space" programs.
ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM TEAM & PARTICIPANTS
ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM RESOURCES
ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM HANDBOOK
ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM SLIDE SHOW
ALLY TRAINING PROGRAM SPECIAL VIDEO (Password: allies)
"All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential."
"I do not think homosexuality is a choice… It’s in one’s nature. The choice is whether one expresses one’s nature truthfully or spends the rest of one’s life lying about it."
"If you are not personally free to be yourself in the most important of all human activities… the expression of love… then life itself loses its meaning."
"I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
You Tube Tribute to Gay Pride
Modern Love by Matt
Yale Univ LGBT Alumni Association Reunion
Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Ultimate Wedding Party
Honeypie by the Weepies
Comment on Love
The Girl in the Kinks Shirt by Matt Nathanson
Gay Kiss Demonstration in Paris on Valentine's Day
Coming Out of the Closet
What are the guiding assumptions and philosophical foundation upon which the Ally Training Program is established and maintained? What beliefs and values do we embrace regarding this program? We believe…
All learning and work environments should be safe and free of discrimination, prejudice, and harassment.
All sexual orientations and gender representations are part of our culture and should be acknowledged and supported.
Sharing and discussing feelings is important
to understanding the issues of difference
It is important to civilized people to preserve human dignity, guard human rights, confront injustice, and to end all forms of oppression.
Heterosexism is a form of oppression, like racism, which leads to discrimination, prejudice, harassment, and violence.
It is possible to maintain one’s individual moral perspectives, values and beliefs while behaving in ways that are respectful of people that are different from oneself.
A person's sexual orientation or sexual identity is not a choice. Being heterosexual is not a choice… Neither is being homosexual.
THE COMING OUT PROCESS
HOW TO BE AN LGBT ALLY & ADVOCATE
SEX & GENDER
TERMINOLOGY & DEFINITIONS
HOMOPHOBIA & HETEROSEXISM
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