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Allies Program Mission

The Allies Program educates on the lived experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) people, while networking and providing general support to students, faculty, and staff in their development as authentic allies. Program participants commit to act with compassion, respect, and dignity, and engage with others, including the Office of LGBTQIA, to strengthen the inclusivity of Texas Tech University. Further, participants strive to ask questions and be honest in their self-exploration to understand the experiences and issues affecting LGBTQIA individuals. Program participants display an emblem to communicate their identity as an ally.

Why is it important? 

Students, faculty, and staff make important choices to strengthen the inclusivity of the Texas Tech Campus. These actions range from the checking our assumptions, educating ourselves and others, offering solutions when needed, and connecting with available resources to support the LGBTQIA community.

Throughout the year, a variety of training opportunities are offered by the Office of LGBTQIA. These trainings include becoming an ally for beginners all the way to more advanced, topic-focused trainings. Some trainings are tailored to specific audiences. Trainings can also be requested for specific groups.

To join the Allies Program, we ask that individuals participate in "Becoming an Ally." After completion, individuals are provided the Allies Program Participant Commitment to complete. Then, emblems are provided in either card- (5x7) or magnet-form (2x3.5) for display.

 

Nominate an Outstanding Ally:

The Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and Betty Shewbert Dotts Ally of the Year

 

Additional Resources

Texas Tech Emergency Hotline
24-hour service to assist students experiencing a mental health or interpersonal violence crisis - 806-742-5555

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Fall 2018 Trainings

Sep. 12 | 12:00 p.m. - Ally Discussion for Faculty
TLPDC Room 153
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Sep. 13 | 6:00 p.m. - General Ally Training for Students
SUB Bell Tower
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Oct. 11 | 12:00 p.m. - General Ally Training for Students
SUB Traditions Room
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Oct. 25 | 3:00 p.m. - Ally Discussion for Staff
TLPDC Room 153
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Nov. 8 | 6:00 p.m. - Intersections of Identity
SUB Bell Tower
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