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
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. The Fall 2014 Ally Training will be on Friday, October 24 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Student Union Galaxy Rooms, B & C (SU 2.602).SAFE ZONE Ally Training is open to all UT Dallas as well as community members. Just be sure to RSVP by October 17! Lunch will be provided.
To register, visit Fall 2014 Ally Training.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. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Hodgkinson.