Thank you for your interest in the The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center’s Educational Programs.
We provide five different opportunities for educational programs/panels. Below you can read a brief description of each of the available options.
The purpose of the GSRC Mentorship Program is to provide support for individuals within the gender, sexuality, and romantic spectrums. This program is based upon existing scholarship on the best practices in mentorship programs across the discipline of higher education. This program is aimed at undergraduate students who will serve as mentees and graduate students, faculty, and staff volunteers who will serve as mentors. By implementing a mentorship program for those who identify within this community, students will receive guidance and support that will assist them throughout their undergraduate years.
Safe Zone is a three-hour training designed to educate and empower participants to be agents of change against issues faced by individuals across the gender, sexuality, and romantic spectrums. While creating “safe spaces” for individuals is the long-term goal, it is not fair to guarantee safety to anyone. Our program works to inspire folks to craft their own strategy for being affirming and inclusive individuals for others. By doing so, we hope to create a network of folks who are dedicated to creating and sustaining a long-term safe community.
The GSRC provides Safe Zone 201 trainings, which dive deeper into specific topics about queer life. These workshops are an hour long each and are open to anybody who has finished a Safe Zone or Straight Facts About Queer Life training. These training sessions are discussion oriented and we hope to engage the audience in each of these sessions.
Speak OUT is a speaker’s bureau that presents panels of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied UNC students who share their personal stories about being LGBTQ and allies on campus and well beyond, and respond to questions and comments from an audience.
Straight Facts about Queer Life is an undergraduate student training through UNC’s UNITE program for those who wish to learn more about gender, sexuality, and romantic identities. Like Safe Zone, this is a three-hour training about the challenges queer and transgender folks face and what students can do to be a better advocate for individuals across the gender, sexuality, and romantic spectrums.