LGBT Ally Program announces fall training dates

LGBTQ flagNIU’s Ally Program is a campuswide initiative designed to foster a welcoming and supportive campus environment for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities by creating a visible network of allies to the LGBTQ community.

The Ally Program creates opportunities for participants to learn about LGBTQ identity and build connections between the broader campus community and LGBTQ individuals.

Beginning the week of Sept. 20, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center begins its fall Ally trainings. The program is now accepting reservations for seats at training workshops.

To date, there are more than 300 active Allies on campus. Ally Program volunteers actively look for ways to integrate LGBTQ people and their stories into lectures, activities and services. Volunteers also consider ways that activities and services can be adapted to be welcoming to the LGBTQ population.

At the conclusion of training, participants will be offered personalized NIU Ally display material to be visible to fellow students, faculty and staff members.

Please consider the following dates and times to find one that fits your schedule. The registration form may indicate first, second and third choices. Training is divided into two workshops, two-hours each (Part I and Part II). Future allies must attend both Part I and Part II. Space is limited, and advance registration is required.

Call (815) 753-LGBT (5428) for more information.

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