Allyship Workshop

Be Bold. - Allyship Training

Want to learn a little more about sexual orientation and gender identity? Curious about what's available at Harvard for BGLTQ+ students? The Harvard College Office of BGLTQ Student Life welcomes you to our hour-long introductory workshop to explore how you can be an ally to the BGLTQ+ community. Persons of all gender identities and sexual orientations welcome.

The Harvard College Office of BGLTQ’s Allyship Workshop builds on sustained community conversations and best practice from institutions with renown diversity education programs. In order to reach a broad audience, the Campus Education team connects with student and faculty groups to conduct on-demand, hour-long workshops at their respective meeting venues. The student-led workshop follows a core syllabus that includes lecture items on allyship and advocacy, intentions and impact, systems of privilege, and identities and expressions, with situations, scenarios and discussion points tailored to the needs of each group. The quiz contains a list of 20 terms relating to phobias, gender identity and sexual orientation that serves as a take-home resource for participants, and the scenarios are inspired by real-life experiences of Harvard College students.

The workshop has previously trained the following groups: Asian American Association, Asian American Women’s Association, Divest Harvard, Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisors, Freshmen Dean’s Office, Fuerza Latina, Harvard College Queer Students and Allies, Peer Advising Fellows, South Asian Men’s Collective, Student Mental Health Liaisons, and the Women’s Center. According to the office’s post-workshop evaluation, 98% of participants surveyed felt confident about being allies to BGLTQ+ individuals, said the workshop met their expectations, and would recommend the training to others.

Quotes from prior evaluations:

“The scenarios met my expectations and went far beyond, they were much more relevant and realistic than I had expected.”

“I'm a longtime ally and the quiz forced me to stop & think; it shook up my complacency.”

“I gained an awareness of terms, common concerns/privilege/bias/discrimination and how to combat them.”

“I think this should be mandatory.”

“Very enthusiastic presenters!”

Contact bgltq@fas.harvard.edu if your group would like to arrange a workshop.