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Queer Ally Program

The Queer Resource Center offers customizable trainings to departments on campus, student groups, and other organizations who are interested in learning more about people who are exploring their sexual orientations.Trainings can vary in length and content to meet the needs of the requesting organization.

To set-up a training with the QRC

  • A staff member will set up a time to meet to go over your organizational training needs. This meeting typically lasts 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Staff will ask whether this is part of a regularly reoccurring training and some questions about how knowlegeable an organization about issues impacting LGBT student populations.
  • Staff will ask when an organization anticipates offering training, how long training will be and how many participants will be present
2. Consider Training Format
Trainings generally consist of 2 to 3 activities, depending on time constraints. To meet multiple learning styles, QRC staff will provide training utilizing different combinations of the formats below.
  • Personal Reflection / Introspection / Writing
  • Group Discussion / Paired or group sharing
  • Research / Education

  • Personal Stories / Panels
  • Action / Service Learning
3. Consider Training Topics

Trainings are modular and curriculum can be designed to meet participants at

 multiple levels of understanding. Participants may be new to these issues and training can be designed to create a safe space for students, staff and faculty to seek understanding. Participants might have some experience with LGBT populations and are interested in better understanding their own bias and attitudes to be more effective with Queer people.  Participants may a large ammount of experience with LGBT populations and want to know more about resources and advocacy.

4. Finalizing an Agenda
All organizations requesting a training from the Queer Resource Center will receive a draft agenda one week prior to the training to review. This is to ensure that all the activities and goals requested by an organization are incorporated into an agenda. When training goals cannot be met, QRC staff will work with your organization to  incorporate overflow content into a new training for another date.

    Regularly Reoccuring Trainings

    The Queer Ally Program reduces homophobia, heterosexism, and gender bias on the Portland State University campus by creating an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for all members of our community inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

    After training participants will recieve a placard that visibly identifes members of our community who speak out against homophobia, heterosexism and gender bias. It also identifes people who are willing to be acknowledged as allies for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, pansexual queer, intersex, and questioning students, faculty, and staff.