Education, Advocacy & Programming

The LEAP (LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ issues, promote workplace equity and facilitate educational growth in a climate of mutual respect. LEAP supports LGBT+ students, staff and faculty by:

  • Celebrating and observing nationally recognized days related to the LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ people, Allies and participants to express concerns, ask questions, and learn about issues affecting the LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ people
  • Examine his/her own attitudes, behaviors, and values, and to challenge others to do the same
  • Appreciate and value the contributions of LGBT+ people

Currently, the Galerstein Gender Center holds two Ally Trainings per semester, which provides a venue for LGBT+ people, Allies and participants to express concerns, ask questions, and learn about issues affecting the LGBT+ campus and surrounding community.

SAFE ZONE Ally Training is open to all UT Dallas as well as community members.

We have the June 2017 Ally Training on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Galaxy A, B & C(SU 2.602).
Registration link: June 2017 Ally Training
Just be sure to RSVP by Tuesday, June 6, 2017!

We have the July 2017 Ally Training on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Galaxy A, B & C(SU 2.602).
Registration link: July 2017 Ally Training
Just be sure to RSVP by Friday, July 14, 2017!

Lunch will be provided. Vegetarian option available upon request.

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.

Mini Workshops

LGBT+ and Women’s Equity

The Galerstein Gender Center offers a series of 30 minute and 1-hour mini-workshops open to faculty, staff, students, community members, and industry, upon request. These mini-workshops use an intersectional approach to educate and provide practical tools to foster allyship practices that promote equitable and affirming climates across overlapping identities and communities of both women and LGBT+ communities.

Please request one workshop at a time. We request that you allow one week notice of desired workshop.

Please use this form to submit requests: GGC Mini-Workshop Request Form

Below is a list of our workshops:

  • LGBT+ 101
  • Everyday Sexism
  • Transgender 101
  • Supporting LGBT+ Students in the Classroom (Faculty Only)
  • Women in STEAM
  • LGBT+ History (October only)

LGBT+ 101

In this workshop, we will provide a brief overview of all LGBT+ identities, carefully researched and closely analyzed from theoretical and practical perspectives for cultural sensitivity, common usage, and general appropriateness. This workshop is aimed to help participants understand the terminology, the coming out process, the challenges of LGBT+ people, and an opportunity to gain more knowledge about the LGBT+ community.

Everyday Sexism

In this workshop, participants will learn about and practice identifying how sexism affects each of us. The two main topics we aim to explore are social theory in local context and possibilities for further action. We will talk about how sexism affects people of all genders through social expectations about gender roles and gender expression. We also aim to cover such topics as racism, homophobia, and transphobia and how they each intersect with sexism.

Transgender 101

In this workshop, we will talk about transgender identities, an umbrella term used by people of many different identities whose gender identity and/or expression is different from their sex assigned at birth. Participants will learn about the history and work of transgender advocates, and will build participants’ understanding of and practice strategies for interrupting transphobia and creating a welcoming environment. Our mission is to provide practical ways to help each participant make UT Dallas more transgender friendly.

Women in STEAM

In this workshop, we will give women a ready-made community of people with the resources and experience to help them on the road to pursuing their own studies and careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the struggles and hardships of women in these fields of study. Participants will also have the chance to take away pointers on how to succeed in these fields of study.

Supporting LGBT+ Students in the Classroom (Faculty Only)

In this workshop, we aim to help aid UT Dallas professors, adjuncts, and instructors in the classroom. Participants will discuss how LGBT+ people have made significant contributions in the past, LGBT+ current events, addressing homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions that are not acceptable, as well as how to address this in an educational, informative, and non-threatening manner.

LGBT+ History (October only)

In this workshop, we will discuss the astonishing past and future of LGBT+ activism. October is LGBT+ History Month and we aim to educate the campus on the accomplishments, struggles, and hardships of the LGBT+ community. LGBT+ History, though seldom spoken about, has been very visible. Thousands of years of persecution and victimization have left a rich trail of evidence of a history hidden in plain sight.

GGC Community Educator

The Galerstein Gender Center (GGC) has been in existence since 1996, representing gender issues in our campus and community. Under the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement (ODCE), the GGC 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 Gender Center staff, the student will assist in implementing campus-wide community educational initiatives, advocating for women, gender and LGBT+ inclusive policies and procedures, planning events that celebrate women and LGBT+ 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 GGC 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?
This position is currenly filled.