Educational Programming Guide

The LGBT Center is dedicated to ensuring that Penn is a welcoming place for people of all identities. One way we do this is by providing the campus and surrounding community with fun and interactive educational opportunities for folks to expand their knowledge and understanding of those who may identify differently than them. Below are descriptions of a few of those programs we are more than willing to bring right to your classroom, office, student organization, college house, etc. We also customize programs to fit your needs. Please contact Malik for more info on scheduling one of the sessions below or a customized workshop.

Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance.

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LGBTQ+ Basics: LGBTQ+ Basics is a one-hour interactive training session that provides participants with an overview of LGBTQ+ history, terms, and current issues. Learn what it means to be a member of  LGBTQ+ communities and begin to understand how you can support those who identify differently than you.

LGBTQ+ Ally Training: LGBTQ+ Ally Training is a one-hour training session that provides LGBTQ+ Basics “graduates” with the understanding and resources to be an advocate and active ally to LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff. Allies are provided with tangible resources to enhance their allyship. Please note: participants must complete LGBTQ+ Basics before attending LGBTQ+ Ally Training.

Trans 101: Trans 101 is a one-hour workshop exploring gender identity. It will focus on what it may mean to be transgender and how to support trans identified people. During a time in which we are experiencing a “Gender Revolution,” it is imperative we take the time to educate ourselves on various gender identities we encounter in higher education settings as well as in our everyday lives. Participation in LGBTQ+ Basics and LGBTQ+ Ally Training is not required before attending Trans 101.

Speakers’ Bureau: Our Speakers’ Bureau program gives students, faculty, and/or staff a chance to engage directly with members of LGBTQ+ communities. During our Speakers Bureau panels, trained Penn students tell their personal coming out stories and share their experiences as someone who identifies within an LGBTQ+ community, while incorporating the nuances of their intersecting identities.  After they have had the chance to share, participants will then have the opportunity to interact with the panelists through Q&A.

Safe Space: Safe Space is a customized four hour interactive training session (meal break included) specifically designed to meet the needs of staff and faculty (could also be broken into two, two-hour sessions). This training will provide an in-depth exploration of personal biases, terminology, cultural perspectives, resources, and tangible skills on how to support members of LGBTQ+ communities, all of which are provided through an intersectional lens. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to engage with members of the LGBTQ+ students via a Speakers’ Bureau panel. Furthermore, Safe Space will provide an opportunity to actively work through scenarios you may encounter within your specific area. After participants have completed the training, they earn a Safe Space sticker that can be showcased as a visual display of their understanding and advocacy as well as a manual to serve as a guide to assist with their allyship and continued education Due to the time commitment, there is a fee associated with this training.

SafeZone: SafeZone is a four hour engaging training session (meal break included) catered to College House staff. This training will provide RAs, GAs, House Deans, etc. the tips, tools, and resources needed to support their LGBTQ+ residents.  Similar to Safe Space, SafeZone will provide an in-depth exploration of personal biases, terminology, cultural perspectives, resources, and tangible skills on how to support residents who identify within LGBTQ+ communities, all of which are provided through an intersectional lens. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage with members of the LGBTQ+ students via a Speakers’ Bureau panel. Furthermore, SafeZone will provide an opportunity to actively work through scenarios you may encounter within College Houses. After participants have completed the training, they earn a Safe Space sticker that can be showcased as a visual display of their understanding and advocacy as well as a manual to serve as a guide to assist with their allyship and continued education. Due to the time commitment, there is a fee associated with this training and it is typically offered in August before students arrive for the Fall semester.

Customized Programs: In addition to the above mentioned programs, we have several other vibrant educational programs centering around diversity, inclusion, LGBTQ+ rights, microaggressions, intersectionality, advocacy, etc. (some of which are collaborate initiatives with other Penn Resources). As noted earlier, we are more than willing to cater to your needs and provide whatever you believe to be the best fit for your context. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Malik.

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**Please note that these training sessions are primarily available for the Penn community. If you are an outside organization / group, please contact Malik directly.

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