Spectrum Center

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Various educational and training programs that are coordinated by the Spectrum Center are

Ally Development Training

In March 2005, the University of Michigan joined morethan 140 other colleges and universities by implementing an Ally Training Program through the Spectrum Center. The purpose of having the Ally Training Program is to promote a campus community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Ally Program participants attend a one-day, six-hour training designed to strengthen their ability to serve as allies to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students, staff, and faculty at the University of Michigan. After completion of the training, participants can display the Ally logo as a way to let others know that they support the right of LGBT people at the University of Michigan to fair and equal treatment. The logo also lets others know that they can turn to these individuals for support or information about lgbt people and issues.

For information on upcoming trainings, refer to: For Allies

My Voice (formerly Speakers Bureau)

The My Voice Program is one of the oldest and most popular of our programs. Our goal is to educate people on the current realities and personal histories of those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, related identities and/or Ally. Through personal story-telling, speakers share their experiences and growth, thereby promoting knowledge, compassion, and understanding about LGBTQ identities, issues and concerns.

In our traditional format, 4-5 speakers each share their personal stories, "putting a face" on our communities and illustrating how our lives and experiences are diverse, complex, and richer than portrayed in mainstream media. The Q&A component of our panels encourage broader, deeper dialogues about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and possibilities for a better world.

Request a My Voice panel today!

Training for My Voice occurs at the beginning of each semester. We are always looking for more LGBTQ students and community members, as well as heterosexual allies, to join our fabulous team. If you would like to become a speaker, please e-mail Ariana Bostian-Kentes at abostian@umich.edu