The Rice Ally Program is a student, faculty, and staff educational program. The Ally Program goals are to raise awareness about the ways homophobia and heterosexism impact everyone, and to teach skills in being an Ally to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning community. Being a Rice Ally is a great way for anybody to show their support for the GLBTQ community at Rice and beyond. To become a Rice Ally, you must first attend an Ally training session. Rice Ally training sessions are held a couple of times each semester, and are roughly 3 hours long. The last hour is comprised of GLBTQ Rice students talking about their experiences, answering questions, and talking about the best practices for being an Ally on our campus.
Participants will learn about GLBTQ terms and history, work in groups through case scenarios, and hear from a student panel regarding their experiences at Rice. Upon signing an Ally contract, participants will get an Ally placard to display in their office or room.
Q: I heard that they Ally placard has changed. How can I get a new one?
A: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need to verify you as a past participant and will arrange for a new placard to be sent to you.
Q: I am not able to make my session. What do I need to do?
A: Please e-mail Patrick at email@example.com. Often times we have a waiting list for our trainings and we want to let as many people in as possible. Trainings max at 30 people.
Q: I am interested in serving on a future panel for the training. What do I need to do?
A: E-mail Patrick Lukingbeal at firstname.lastname@example.org to get setup for a future training!
Q: I want to host an Ally training for my college/office/department. Can I do this?
A: Yes! Our training is designed to be adjusted for different audiences. Please e-mail Patrick Lukingbeal at email@example.com.
Q: How can I get added to the Rice Ally listserve?
A: If you are a past participant and want to be added to the listserve that was created in summer 2012, please e-mail Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org. This listserve will keep you update to date about trainings and continuing education opportunities.
Fall 2013 Trainings
There will be two trainings this fall held in the Boulden Classroom at the Wellness Center:
Wednesday, October 9th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday, November 8th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM