Education, Advocacy & Programming

The LEAP (LGBTQ Education, Advocacy & Programming) Initiative exists to advance the mission of UT Dallas by nurturing a safe and inclusive environment that values and celebrates the sexual orientation and gender identity/expression of students, staff and faculty. The mission is accomplished through programming, educational workshops/training, and activities that promote the exchange of ideas and greater understanding of LGBTQ issues, promote workplace equity and facilitate educational growth in a climate of mutual respect. LEAP supports LGBTQ students, staff and faculty by:

  • Celebrating and observing nationally recognized days related to the LGBTQ movement
  • Advocating for friendly and inclusive policies for the purpose of attracting and retaining talented students, staff and faculty at UT Dallas
  • Training SAFE ZONE Allies

For a list of ideas on how to get involved and support the LGBTQ community, please click one of the links below.
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SAFE ZONE is a national concept in which safe spaces are identified and marked with a symbol unique to each campus. By displaying the SAFE ZONE logo on a department door, office or desk, Allies show that they value a diverse campus community, are willing to foster a safe place for others, and are committed to offer support, resources, and guidance.

You can become a SAFE ZONE Ally by attending Ally Training. Ally Training provides a venue for LGBTQ people, Allies and participants to express concerns, ask questions, and learn about issues affecting the LGBTQ campus and surrounding community. After completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate, SAFE ZONE logo, resources, and will be equipped with the tools necessary to:

  • Respond appropriately
  • Know resources and/or where to find them
  • Show support and safeguard the rights of LGBTQ people
  • Examine his/her own attitudes, behaviors, and values, and to challenge others to do the same
  • Appreciate and value the contributions of LGBTQ people

Once per semester, the Galerstein Women's Center holds an Ally Training, which provides a venue for LGBTQ people, Allies and participants to express concerns, ask questions, and learn about issues affecting the LGBTQ campus and surrounding community. The Summer 2016 Ally Training will be on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Faculty/Staff Dining Room (SU 2.905).

SAFE ZONE Ally Training is open to all UT Dallas as well as community members.
Registration link: Summer 2016 Ally Training
Just be sure to RSVP by June 22!

Lunch will be provided.

Patrons with disabilities who need special assistance, such as an interpreter or captioning, to attend this presentation should contact us no later than 72 hours prior to the presentation.

GWC Community Educator

The Galerstein Women’s Center (GWC) has been in existence since 1996, representing gender issues in our campus and community. Under the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement (ODCE), the GWC is a campus resource that fosters a safe and inclusive environment by advocating for gender equity and diversity through leadership development, education, programs, and services. We provide meeting, study space and a lending library, as well as offer professional counseling services, diversity scholarships, internships, volunteer opportunities and organizational advising.

The Community Educator position provides guidance, support and leadership development to an undergraduate or graduate student at UT Dallas. The position is a paid, student employee position for a term of one year and pays $11.00 per hour. Under the leadership of Women’s Center staff, the student will assist in implementing campus-wide community educational initiatives, advocating for women, gender and LGBTQIA-inclusive policies and procedures, planning events that celebrate women and LGBTQIA communities and supporting ODCE activities.

Please submit the completed application along with a professional resume and one-page cover letter, 12-pt font, addressing the following questions to CometCareers:

  1. Why are you interested in the GWC Community Educator Position?
  2. What do you feel you are a good candidate for the position?
  3. What skills do you bring that are relevant to the position?
  4. If you had the power to change one thing at UT Dallas, in your community, or in the world what would it be?
Download GWC Community Educator Application (must be submitted through CometCareers, Job ID: 82292)
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