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Allyhood Development Training

The Spectrum Center's LGBTQ Allyhood Development Training Program, started in 2005, seeks to support an individual or organization’s process of development as it relates to LGBTQ inclusivity and advocacy. Allyhood Development Training (ADT) uses a social justice framework to illustrate the lived experiences of LGBTQ identified people to workshop participants.

Topics include social identities, LGBTQ terminology, active bystander intervention strategies, and practice utilizing the day's knowledge and skills in real-life scenarios.

Through active engagement in the training, participants will grow in their personal awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions as it relates to their engagement in doing ally work. The purpose of having the Allyhood Development Training is to promote a campus community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.


Requesting a Panel

The primary goal of the My Voice Program is to provide panels of trained LGBTQ speakers to share their personal stories with audiences. Our My Voice panels, the oldest and most popular of our educational programs, provide information about LGBTQ issues with a personal touch. These panelists help “put a face” on LGBTQ communities and experiences and facilitate vibrant discussions about topics of attractionality, sexuality and gender.

We believe that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools for educating audiences on identity, oppression, and allyhood because it offers in-depth, complex, and compelling narratives on these concepts.

Beyond the traditional "coming out" stories, our My Voice panelists are trained to speak to their life experiences through the lens of their own multiple intersecting identities. Request one for your class, student org, Res Hall, or wherever you think we might make an impact!

For more information, email us at spectrumcenter@umich.edu.

Being a Panelist

My Voice Panelists are students who feel comfortable sharing information about themselves, their journeys, and how they interact with the world from a LGBTQ+ lens. Typically questions will be prepared in advance so well thought out answers can be provided in addition to the questions that arise organically. Panelists will also be trained beforehand on how to answer tough questions and handle uncomfortable, inappropriate, or harmful language used by the audience.

If you are interested in participating in a MyVoice Panel you can email Alyssa at adellors@umich.edu


Request a Workshop

We offer workshops for a variety of audiences coming from a variety of familiarity with LGBTQ+ content. We are happy to tailor workshop content to the specific needs of your classroom or organization based on the learning objectives of the workshop being requested.

Workshops can range from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the content and needs of the requester. During the academic year, we do receive a large number of request, so please give us at least 2-3 weeks in advance for all workshop requests. 

Some of our participant learning objectives may include:

  • Being introduced to terminology related to LGBTQ identities

  • Being able to articulate the difference between sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender expression, and attractionality

  • Gaining familiarity with various identity terms outside the gender binary

  • Being able to articulate a process of allyhood development and where they are in the process

  • Begin to be able to critically think about the societal construction and expectations of gender identity and gender expression

  • Identifying some practical strategies for working to create an inclusive space for LGBTQ+ folks


Questions? Contact us at spectrumcenter@umich.edu.