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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LGBTQIA LEAP Initiative Crowdfunding Campaign

The LGBTQIA LEAP Initiative crowdfunding campaign is now LIVE! We’re very excited to have been one of three projects selected by UTD in their initial crowdfunding campaigns.

Throughout April, we’ll be attempting to fundraise $5,000 to support our many LGBT programs. These programs include SAFE ZONE Ally Training, Dialogues, Scholarships, Lavender Graduation and more. Please help our UTD LEAP Committee, which is primarily made of staff, faculty and student volunteers, by sharing the following link with your friends, family and colleagues:

If you’re able to donate, we welcome that too! Thank you for all you do to ensure UTD is an affirming place for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions!

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a special graduation celebration for UT Dallas students who have a connection to the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally) communities.

This event is open to LGBTQIA undergraduate and graduate students who will commence in Spring 2015, Summer 2015 or Fall 2015.

Lavender Graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

To apply go to: UT Dallas Lavender Graduation 2015

Applications will be accepted from February 2nd to April 10th. Limited availability.

Sponsored by: Galerstein Women’s Center, Alumni Relations, Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, Career Center, Multicultural Center, Student Counseling Center.


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 2015 Ally Training will be on Wednesday, June 24 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 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. Just be sure to RSVP by June 17!

Lunch will be provided.

To register, visit Summer 2015 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.