LGBTQIA+ Ambassadors Program Offers Free Training

  • June 20th, 2019

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The Safe Zone Resource Center is providing free training for faculty, staff and graduate students who want to support the campus’s LGBTQIA+ population by becoming Ally Training Ambassadors.

Ally Training Ambassadors provide professional development and educational outreach training on LGBTQIA+ related topics to the campus community, according to the Safe Zone’s website. Along with Safe Zone Resource Center staff, they help facilitate, assess and coordinate the Ally Training Program at The University of Alabama.

Dr. Rosalind Moore-Miller, director of student involvement in the Division of Student Life, said the ambassador training is typically two to three hours long and teaches about the LGBTQIA+ population, including terminology and challenges faced on and off campus.

“This is the University’s primary training where people can learn about different LGBTQIA+ identity groups,” Moore-Miller said. “The ideal ambassadors are faculty, staff and graduate students who want to support LGBTQIA+ students and change the campus climate by having an impact on it.

“Anytime you are looking to make people more aware of an identity group that they’re not fully aware of or understand, training helps.”

Applicants must be current faculty, staff or graduate students. The Ambassador program will train facilitators to teach all content from the Ally Training. Previous attendees of the Ally Training Program are preferred but not required.

Applicants selected must agree to facilitate at least three training/information sessions within a semester. Training will take place online through Blackboard, as well as one in-person, two-hour workshop in either July or early August.

The deadline to apply for the ambassador training is 11:59 p.m. on July 12.

To submit an application, visit Ally Training Ambassador Application.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.