What is the LGBT Panel Program?:
The LGBT Panel is a group of SMU students, faculty, and staff who are trained to go into classrooms, organizations, and staffs and talk about their experiences with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Anyone on campus can request for a panel to come to their group by filling out the panel request form. The person can request any topic about LGBT people. Past panels have included marriage, allies who are people of color, and experiences with mental health in the LGBT community. We also do a panel called "Guess Who's Gay", which is an interactive panel where the students can try and guess the identity of the panelists and then ask 101 LGBT questions.
How do I become a Panelist?
Anyone at SMU can apply to be a panelist here. If you are accepted into the program you will be asked to go to a 2 hour training and if you are an Ally we ask that you have also gone through our Allies training. After the training you will be invited to different panels and it is at your own schedule how little or many you want to go to. The LGBT Panel program is a great way to be involved in the community but without much commitment.
Can this count for the UC?
The LGBT Panelist program is considered a University Curriculum Proficiency for Oral Communication and Human Diversity.
1. You have to apply and go through training
2. Go to 5 panels
3. Write a 1 page reflection paper after each panel and answer questions related to the proficiencies
What are the goals of the LGBT panel?:
- To educate the SMU community and the public about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, related identities, or an ally of LGBT people
- To dispel myths and stereotypes about LGBT people
- To build understanding and acceptance through open and honest dialogue
- To provide positive LGBT and allied role models and to let other LGBT folks and allies know they are not alone on campus or in their community
- To present information about LGBT people in a non-threatening, non-judgmental atmosphere
- To work toward a holistic understanding of the multiple identities which influence all of our lives
- To work toward broad-based, multi-issue social justice
- To offer LGBT and allied students, staff, faculty, and community members an opportunity for self-growth and training in leadership skills (such as public speaking, workshop facilitation, teambuilding, and on-going education)
Use the forms on the right to request a panel for your class or organization or be a part of the LGBT panel program.