Education & Training
The Pride Center offers educational opportunities about LGBTQIA2S+ identities and experiences for faculty, staff, and students.
Critical Conversations is a Pride Center initiative to engage faculty and staff in topics and conversations that impact the queer and trans community. Sessions offered through UND Teaching Transformation and Development Academy.
Our team provides consultation services to departments, classrooms, and student organizations to support community-learning related to LGBTQIA2S+ inclusion and equity. Consultation can look like LGBTQIA2S+ inclusive curriculum review, creating affirming spaces and equitable practices in student organizations, collecting gender and sexuality demographic data, or creating a workshop that meets your department's learning goals. E-mail UND.pridecenter@UND.edu for a consultation request.
Online resources provide opportunities for self-guided learning of foundational knowledge.
LGBTQIA2S+ Online Learning
Online learning modules are available for you to expand your knowledge and develop an understanding of LGBTQIA2S+ terminology, identities, experiences, and help you gain skills to engage in allyship. Access videos with UND log-in credentials.
Additional training is available to faculty and staff on Vector Solutions. To navigate the Vector Solutions website, go to extra training on the left navigation, Social and Behavioral, then select which training you would like to complete.
- Making Campus Safe for LGBTQ+ Students
- Making Schools Safe and Inclusive for Transgender Students
Why not LGBTQ+ Ally Training / Safe Zone?
The Pride Center has made the intentional choice to no longer offer LGBTQ+ Ally Training for a variety of reasons. This decision aligns with better practices, trends in LGBTQIA2S+ higher education, and community-based learning.
Reasons we no longer utilize LGBTQ+ Ally Training:
- Two to three hours is not a sufficient amount of time to cover the content required for an introductory workshop.
- We have found LGBTQ+ Ally Training often becomes a “one-and-done" credentialing model that limits ongoing growth and development.
- Ally Training and Safe Zone programs are often performative.
- Ally Trainings and Safe Zone programs alike are designed to credential “allies” and, while allies are important to our community, “ally” is not an identity term. Instead of relying on LGBTQIA2S+ placards to communicate acceptance and safety, we shift our efforts to promote action-focused allyship.
- We strive to promote lifelong learning; best practices and new directions in supporting LGBTQIA2S+ communities that are rapidly changing, a brief one-time, two to three-hour workshop does not adequately represent this value.