The Allies group was formed by faculty, staff, and students with the intention of providing visible, tangible support for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and questioning members of the SMU community.
Purpose of Ally Training:
- To provide all students, faculty, and staff with an avenue to demonstrate their support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals.
- To provide educational opportunities and inclusiveness through promoting understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning communities, as well as to highlight contributions of the LGBT members to the university community.
- To increase awareness of discrimination and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and to overcome subtle and pervasive oppression and insensitivity.
- To provide access for students to specific individuals (safe zones) and forums for CONFIDENTIAL discussion, support, and resource information.
Ally Training Spring 2020 Dates
Please register for the training you wish to attend by clicking on the link below:
Also, if you have a group of eight or more people who would like to be trained we will come to you. Please contact at 214-768-4792 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What to Expect at an Allies Training
- You will meet other SMU faculty, staff and students who are striving to create an empowering environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community on campus.
- You will learn about the history and purpose of the SMU Allies program.
- You will discuss common myths and assumptions about LGBT individuals and learn how these societal views of the LGBT population impact identity development, the coming out process, and same-sex relationships.
- You will receive information regarding campus and community resources supporting the LGBT community - including Spectrum, the chartered LGBT affirming student organization.
- You will engage in an experiential exercise that will help sensitize you to some of the losses that LGBT might face when considering coming out.
- Hopefully, your desire to be an advocate for SMU’s LGBT community will be ignited and you will resolve to work towards obtaining basic human rights for all people.