Women's History Month

LGBT Panels & Speaker's Bureau Program

Requesting Panels, Workshops, and Educational Opportunities 

The Women and LGBT Center offers a variety of educational workshops and/or training for students, faculty, and staff across campus. Workshops and/or training can be adapted to fit your group size and learning objectives.  Below you will find a list of the educational programs that we offer. We can also work with you to tailor a workshop/training to the needs of your department or organization.   

LGBT Coming Out Panel
The primary goal of the Coming Out panel is for trained LGBTQ speakers to share their personal stories with audiences. The panelists provide information about LGBTQ issues using their own personal stories and narratives. Hearing the personal narratives and stories of LGBT identified people is one of the most powerful tools for educating audiences on identity, oppression, and allyship.

Transgender 101
In this workshop, participants will learn about transgender and non-binary identities and the needs of transgender and non-binary communities.  Participants will develop a deeper understanding of gender and leave with steps they can take to help make our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone.

LGBT 101
This interactive training helps participants better understand the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. This training will address information about identities and terminology, specific challenges LGBT students face, and resources available on and off campus.

Ally Training
Ally Training is an interactive workshop that provides a space to gain knowledge and skills about gender and sexuality. Participants learn about LGBT communities; think critically about gender and sexuality; discuss language and privilege; re-frame myths and stereotypes; and explore how we can be allies to each other across identities and experiences. Attendees leave the training with newfound awareness and concrete steps they can take to help make SMU and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone.

LGBT for Educators (K-12/Youth)
This is an LGBT 101 program that is focused on fostering dialogue and developing skills for those SMU students who will be working with youth. This is a perfect program for future K-12 educators or any students who will be working with youth in any capacity (non-profits, social work, youth pastors, etc...)  

Supporting LGBT Students (Faculty, Staff, Administration)
This program is designed to help faculty, Staff, and/or Administration identify ways we can make our campus more inclusive for LGBT students. We will explore basic terminology, pronouns, and discuss useful tips for making classrooms and campus spaces more welcoming to LGBT students.  

LGBT Identities and Terminology
This is an interactive workshop where participants will learn about the various identities and terms that fall under the larger LGBTQIAAP+ umbrella.  

To request a workshop and/or training, please fill out the form here.

What is the LGBT Panel & Speaker's Bureau Program?

The LGBT Panel & Speaker's Bureau 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.

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 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 educating the campus community about LGBT issues and identities. 

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?

  1. 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
  2. To dispel myths and stereotypes about LGBT people
  3. To build understanding and acceptance through open and honest dialogue
  4. 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
  5. To present information about LGBT people in a non-threatening, non-judgmental atmosphere
  6. To work toward a holistic understanding of the multiple identities which influence all of our lives
  7. To work toward broad-based, multi-issue social justice
  8. 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)

Join the LGBT Panel & Speaker's Bureau program: Panel & Speaker's Bureau Application