The Ally program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn provides an avenue through which all people can actively show their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. This training will be held twice each semester. The dates for Winter 2014 are:
Ally program participants are identified by their displayed UM-Dearborn Ally placard in their work/office space. By displaying the placard, they are visually representing that they are committed to providing a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for anyone dealing with issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Students and employees will know that it is safe to be themselves and to talk about issues involving this aspect of their lives.
In order to be a UM-Dearborn Ally, interested persons must attend this training which includes information about the Ally Program, explains what it means to be an ally, and identifies campus and community resources available to LGBTQ people. The session emphasizes that this program is not meant to be a substitution for the Counseling Center, nor are allies being trained as counselors. The UM-Dearborn Ally Program is designed as a resource and referral program only.
For more information about the Ally program, or to attend one of the above sessions, contact the the Office for Student Engagement at (313) 593-5390 or email Jonathan Larson at: firstname.lastname@example.org