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The Ally Training Series educates members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) issues and racially marginalized communities to create a network of allies who, together with members of the LGBTQ and racially marginalized communities, work to create a community of safety and full inclusion for all its members.


UR LGBTQ offers workshops for faculty, staff, and student leaders designed to help them become more sensitive and informed allies for marginalized communities. At the completion of the workshop, participants will be offered the opportunity to sign a pledge agreeing to advance the Ally Training Series mission and may receive a training sticker to place in their workplace or where they live on campus, or a Ally Training Series button, perfect for a jacket or backpack. Ally Training Series members are also invited to join a listserv and attend monthly Brown Bag lunches to continue discussing and learning about issues of relevance to the LGBTQ and racially marginalized communities.

Spring 2018 Ally Training Schedule

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Safezone Ally Training

In order to create a university culture of acceptance, Safezone Ally Training engages students, staff, and faculty, teaching them ways to visibly develop a community that accepts everyone regardless of sexual identity, gender identity and expression, and other differences. Safezone Ally Training includes education on the following: increasing familiarity with discussing sexuality and gender identity, emphasizing the use and importance of a vocabulary of inclusion, developing and ensuring safe spaces for individuals in the community, and explaining what allyship entails.

February 14th, 12p - 1:30p, 310

March 19th, 5:00p - 6:30p, THC 346

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Trans Advocate Training

Building upon the skills developed through the Safezone Ally Training, Trans Advocate Training works to expand the knowledge and familiarity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) issues. Being more hands-on, this training draws its foundation from dialogue and cooperation, thus developing participant’s knowledge and skills in the role of an advocate for individuals which identify as transgender, non-binary, and/or gender queer.

February 27th, 1:30p - 3:00p, THC 310

March 27th, 1p - 3:30p, THC 348

Social Justice Advocate

Social Justice Advocate

In striving to understand the origins of oppression and foster a culture of social activism the Social Justice Advocate Training engages participants in intersectional dialogue. Through this training, the participants will gain skills to affect real community change around social justice advocacy by addressing LGBTQ advocacy, racial equity and access, and equality for all communities. The training introduces participants to practical tools which can be used for growth, development, and empowerment to help foster social justice advocacy within the University of Richmond community.

April 3rd, 12:00p - 1:30p, THC 321

April 17th, 6p - 7:30p, THC 305


Please register here for any training in the curriculum


Boatwright Libary staff have created a Safe Zone LIBGUIDE with resources on LGBT issues for students, staff, and faculty.