Advocate Program

WMU LBGT Advocate Program

The LBGT community continues to grow and evolve to include a wide array of identities and intersectional social justice issues. The WMU LBGT Advocate Program allows students, faculty, and staff to learn and discuss specific LBGT intersectional identities, subjects, and concerns. Participants who regularly participate in the Advocate Program will be listed as WMU LBGT Advocates.

Advocate workshops will be between 2-3 hours in length and will meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to discuss addressing specific LBGT intersectional identities.
  • Participants will learn about the historic systems that have created barriers for intersectional LBGT identities.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate ways to be better allies or advocates for marginalized identities.

All workshops will be hosted in the Adrian Trimpe Building, room 1110 (Multi-Cultural Center) unless otherwise noted.

Advocate Workshops

Queering Virginity -- Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 3-5pm
How is virginity different for queer people than straight people? And what does it mean that there's a difference? This workshop will explore the value of queer virginity, various perspectives on this issue, and possibilities for existing outside the virgin binary altogether.

Intersectionality -- Friday, January 19, 2018 from 2-4pm
As social justice movements continue the work of resisting systemic oppression, increasing visibility, and envisioning a more inclusive society, individuals and allies are addressing the continued marginalization that they experience even within these spaces. This session will look at the history of intersectionality, power and privilege, identity development, and how social justice movements can create a more welcoming environment for intersectional identities. Participants will interact in reflection activities and small group discussions regarding experiences, awareness, and advocacy.

Queering Faith: A 101 on LGBTQ Religious Affiliation -- Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 2-4pm
This workshop includes an introductory presentation and training on how to rethink LGBTQ narratives that may or may not involve faith. Participants will: address common assumptions and stereotypes through casual discussion and some media representations, lived experiences of queer-identified religious folks from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in addition to American identity. Participants will also discuss how to support members of the queer community in their faith and how to effectively challenge narratives that render queer religious invisibility.

Trans 101 -- Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 2-4pm
What does it mean to be trans or gender non-conforming? This workshop will explore gender spectrum, identity, and expression as well as how to best support trans/gender non-conforming communities.

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  1. To be listed as an advocate, participants must attend at least one advocate workshop per year.
  2. Advocates must complete a Safe on Campus training within the last 5 years.
  3. This program is designed for students, faculty, and staff to provide continuous learning opportunities, support, and professional development for the LBGT community.
  4. The Advocate Program workshops may also fulfill some pathway requirements of the WMU Signature Program including (but not limited to):

Civic Engagement                                         Global Engagement                                Social Justice
Diversity and Inclusion                               Health and Wellness                              Sustainability
Entrepreneurship                                          Leadership                                                 Teaching and Learning