The Student Advocate Program is a continuing education and engagement program for undergraduate and graduate students who want to expand their knowledge and skills. Through taking an intersectional look at the incredibly diverse GLBT community, participants gain a stronger understanding of inclusive practices, community building, and collaborative advocacy. Through the Student Advocate Program, participants will:
- Explore the definitions of gender, sexuality, consent, attraction, coming out, microaggressions, homophobia, transphobia, oppression, and/or privilege
- Reflect on how these core concepts apply to their lived experiences and are impacted by their own social identities
- Practice recognizing problematic comments, behaviors, policies and practices within their classrooms, residence halls, student organizations, and/or communities
- Develop skills to interrupt or challenge problematic comments, behaviors, policies and practices within their classrooms, residence halls, student organizations, and/or communities
- Identify strategies to serve as active allies, advocates, and supports to peers in the GLBT community
Participation in the Student Advocate Program requires a one-year commitment that may be renewed annually in subsequent years. Register for the inaugural GLBT Student Advocate Program.
Participants must complete the following each academic year:
- Attendance in (1) Student Advocate Program workshop
- Attendance in (1) GLBT Center event
Workshop opportunities will be offered regularly throughout the year as well as NEW on-demand online course options. Events will also be offered regularly, such as GLBT History Month, Trans Day of Remembrance, and Lavender Graduation. The Student Advocate Roundtable is a mid-year discussion for students to build community amongst each other. This guided reflection will model a social justice-oriented community through practicing identifying instances of oppression, debriefing successful and unsuccessful strategies for interrupting those instances, recognizing opportunities for advocacy within the institution, and growing supportive connections with students. Attendance at the Student Advocate Roundtable counts as “event” credit in order to complete the two requirements of the GLBT Student Advocate Program.
Click here to visit the 2020-2021 GLBT Advocate List.