Ally Training


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


UR LGBTQ offers workshops for staff, faculty, and students 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 an Ally Training Series sticker or button. Ally Training Series members are also invited to join a listserv to continue discussing and learning about issues of relevance to the LGBTQ and racially marginalized communities.

Safe Zone Ally Training

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In order to create a university culture of acceptance, Safe Zone Ally Training engages students, staff, and faculty, in learning ways to visibly develop a community that accepts everyone regardless of sexual identity, gender identity and expression, and other differences. Safe Zone 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
  • explaining what allyship entails

Safe Zone training is being offered at the following times. Registration is required.

  • Mar. 5, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m., via Zoom.
  • Mar. 16, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., via Zoom.

Trans Advocate Training

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

Trans Advocate training is being offered at the following times. Registration is required.

  • Apr. 9, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m., via Zoom.
  • Apr. 21, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., via Zoom. Register for this training.

Social Justice Advocate

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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, 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.

Check back later for more info regarding Social Justice Advocate training.