Spectrum Center

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Most workshops range from 1 to 2 hours, but we always prefer too much rather than too little time.

We offer workshops on a variety of levels, from introductory to advanced, on multiple topics not limited to those listed below.   We are also happy to tailor a workshop to the specific needs of your classroom or organization.  Workshops include lecture-style presentation, interactive activities, and question & answer periods.  This list includes our most commonly requested workshops as well as the learning objectives of each workshop.

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Abbreviated Ally Training (2-4 hours)

  • Be able to articulate a process of ally identity development and where they are in the process
  • Feel confident with using specific strategies for supporting LGBT people through empathetic and non-violent communication
  • Be able to explain to others what being an LGBT ally means to them

LGBTQ 101 (1 hour)

  • Be introduced to terminology related to LGBTQ identities
  • Be able to articulate the difference between sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
  • Become aware of the resources that exist on campus through the Spectrum Center and what types of resources may be beneficial for various needs

LGBT Identity Development/Coming Out (1-1.5 hrs)

  • Be able to articulate the difference between sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
  • Be familiar with a model of LGBT identity development and be able to articulate both the usefulness and limitations of identity models in LGBT allyhood
  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of the coming out process and how this process is unique for each individual

Gender Identity and Gender Expression (1 hour)

  • Be able to critically think about the societal construction and expectations of gender identity and gender expression
  • Be able to articulate the difference between sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
  • Be familiar with various identity terms that challenge binary notions of gender

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