LGBTQ+ Active Ally Program
The LGBTQ+ Active Ally Program is an opportunity for all Bates students, faculty and staff to participate in workshops where they will explore various identities and experiences of queer communities and how they can best support Bates members of the LGBTQ+ community.
LGBTQ+ Active Allies aim to create an impactful and supportive Bates community by engaging in active conversations that address bias, misconceptions around LGBTQ+ identities, as well as doing the work to expand in their knowledge and understanding of queer communities at Bates and beyond.
Trainings are open to all students, staff, and faculty.
LGBTQ+ Active Ally Workshops are formal and interactive workshops providing awareness, education, skills, and forms of actions individuals can consider to create and maintain a warm and welcoming campus environment. As of 2024, LGBTQ+ Active Ally workshops will be facilitated in partnership by the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE) and the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI). Workshops will be tailored to the needs of the audience, where workshops will be offered for students and others will be offered for faculty/staff.
Workshops are encouraged for all students, faculty and staff, but know that participation is voluntary.
Being an LGBTQ+ Active Ally mean creating and maintaining an impactful and supportive Bates community by engaging in active conversations that address bias, misconceptions around LGBTQ+ identities, as well as doing the work to expand in your knowledge and understanding of queer communities at Bates and beyond.
Through these workshops, participants will explore their own understanding of LGBTQ+ identities and experiences and learn with and from one another. Workshops are open to all interested student, faculty and staff participants.
- To develop an active, visible, and accessible network of campus staff, faculty, and students to support and advocate for people of all marginalized genders and sexual identities.
- To foster capacity development within members of the campus community based on the needs and concerns of students of all gender and sexual identities.
- To encourage active displays of intervention that cultivate a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students.
- To promote awareness and inclusion across all campus constituencies that the “transformative power of our differences” includes all intersections of identities including gender and sexual identities
What is an LGBTQ+ Active Ally
A Bates LGBTQ+ Active Ally has is a member of the community, LGBTQ+ or ally who has participated in the workshop and continues to expand their understanding of LGBTQ+ identity and experiences beyond the initial workshop.