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GLBT Advocate Program

The GLBT community is incredibly diverse, and understandings about gender and sexual orientation are constantly evolving. Consequently, there is always new information to get out to the campus community and always more information than we could ever cover in one workshop. Thus, the GLBT Center launched a new initiative — the GLBT Advocate Program — during the 2015-2016 academic year. The GLBT Advocate Program is intended to be a continuing education and engagement program for NC State faculty and staff. The Program is designed to provide faculty and staff with ongoing opportunities for learning and for showing their support as Allies and Advocates of the GLBT community. Faculty and staff who would like to participate in the Program agree to complete one educational workshop and attend one GLBT event on campus each year. To sign up to participate in the GLBT Advocate Program, click here. See the info below for a list of upcoming educational workshops you can register for. Check out our calendar for upcoming events.

Click here to view our list of GLBT Advocates!

Project SAFE is a three-hour introductory workshop open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop addresses a wide range of information, including identity terms associated with the GLBT community, issues that GLBT students often deal with during the coming out process, concerns that GLBT students face both in and out of the classroom, ways that allies can create inclusive environments, and the on- and off-campus resources available to students.

There are three Project SAFE workshops offered each semester.

Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Monday, August 29, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Monday, April 3, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM

For more information about Project SAFE workshops please visit the Project SAFE webpage, OR click here to register.

Trans 101 is a two-hour workshop open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop is designed to introduce participants to the spectrum of transgender, gender-nonconforming, and gender-questioning identities and expressions. This workshops addresses common issues faced by trans students and strategies campus community members can use to be trans inclusive.

 

There are two Trans 101 workshops that are offered each semester.

Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

For more information about the Trans 101 workshop please visit the Trans 101 webpage OR click here to register.

What is Racial Justice?
Ours is a culture of competing conversations: on any given day, we hear people argue that we live in a post-racial society, our news headlines include stories of racial violence, and students on campuses across our country challenge both ongoing racial climate concerns and the lack of appropriate institutional response. This two-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop will help participants contextualize these conversations within our specific history of race relations, understand the ways racism operates (interpersonally, culturally, institutionally), and reflect on the ways each of us can and must play a role in creating cultural change. Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM in Talley Student Union, Room 3222.

Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions
The term ‘microaggressions’ is used to refer to the “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, the communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults” towards members of marginalized communities (people of color, women, GLBT people, people with disabilities, etc.). This three-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop will help participants learn how to identify microaggressions, understand their impact, and respond appropriately when they occur. Monday, October 31, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Talley Student Union, Room 3222 and Monday, October 31, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM in Talley Student Union, Room 3285.

Cultural Values about Gender and Violence in the Trans Community
While there has been increasing attention in the mainstream media about GLBT issues, the issues faced by members of the transgender community have been noticeably absent from the national conversation. According to research done by the Williams Institute, 41% of trans people attempt suicide at some point in their lives, and the murder of trans people is at an all-time high in 2015. This 1 ½-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop explores the cultural values that contribute to a climate of interpersonal, social and institutional discrimination, oppression, and violence in the trans community. Monday, November 14, 2016 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM in Talley Student Union, Room 4280.

The Spectrum of Sex: Exploring Intersex Identities and the Relationship to Gender
The GLBT community often discusses the spectra of gender and sexual orientation, but fewer GLBT individuals and their allies have thought about the spectrum of sex. Intersex identities are influenced by chromosomal, hormonal, and structural differences that are part of the human experience of “sex.” Join the GLBT Center in a two-hour exploration of the definition of intersex, its relationship to gender identity and expression, and ways to affirm intersex identities. This workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Talley Student Union, Room 4280.

Click here to register for these workshops.

What is Racial Justice?
Ours is a culture of competing conversations: on any given day, we hear people argue that we live in a post-racial society, our news headlines include stories of racial violence, and students on campuses across our country challenge both ongoing racial climate concerns and the lack of appropriate institutional response. This two-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop will help participants contextualize these conversations within our specific history of race relations, understand the ways racism operates (interpersonally, culturally, institutionally), and reflect on the ways each of us can and must play a role in creating cultural change. Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM in Talley Student Union, Room 4101.

Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions
The term ‘microaggressions’ is used to refer to the “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, the communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults” towards members of marginalized communities (people of color, women, GLBT people, people with disabilities, etc.). This three-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop will help participants learn how to identify microaggressions, understand their impact, and respond appropriately when they occur. Monday, February 13, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM in Talley Student Union, Room 3222.

Not Driven by Desire: Understanding Asexual and Aromantic Relationships
Whether our society acknowledges it or not, there are multiple factors involved in relationships besides sexual desire. This two-hour workshop explores identities in which sexual attraction or romantic attraction are not experienced to the degree our culture expects. Participants will learn about how asexual and aromantic identities impact someone’s life and interactions with the rest of the GLBT community and how to affirm and support their experiences. This workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM in Talley Student Union, Room 3222.

Sitting with Privilege
We all have multiple identities that impact the way we view the world and the way we are viewed by others. Our lived experiences differ based on what our identities are: our race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic class, sex, religious/spiritual affiliation (or lack thereof), ability status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran status, nationality, immigration status, etc. Some of our identities make it easier for us to be accepted and successful in our society, while other identities make it more difficult. This two-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop will help participants critically examine the impact of their identities on their experiences, recognize the barriers they may (or may not) face depending on their identities, identify common behaviors that can perpetuate barriers for others, and explore ways to use their access and opportunity to create space for others. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM in Talley Student Union, Room 4280.

Interpersonal and Sexual Violence in the GLBT Community
This two-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop is designed to help participants understand the ways that interpersonal and sexual violence is experienced by members of the GLBT community, reasons why GLBT people are less likely to report, and ways to support GLBT survivors. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM in Talley Student Union, Room 4280.

Click here to register for these workshops.