The Stonewall Center offers a variety of workshops for campus departments and offices, classes at UMass and other colleges, student organizations, high schools, social service agencies, and community groups. Workshops are led by center staff and Speakers Bureau members and can be held for 1 hour, 1.5 hours, or 2 hours. Workshops are free for UMass entities and for local K-12 schools. We ask for a donation, if possible, from other organizations, especially if they are outside of the immediate area.
To request a workshop, please fill out the form here.
Gender & Sexuality 101: Strategies for Interrupting Microaggressions
This is an introductory workshop on the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people and how attendees can be more supportive of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Topics covered include basic terminology and concepts and examples of microaggressions against LGBTQIA+ people.
Gender & Sexuality 201: Deepening Our Practice
This is an advanced workshop for individuals who attended the Gender and Sexuality 101 or who are knowledge about the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people. The focus is on intersectional identities and recognizing and addressing privilege.
1-2 speakers discuss binary and nonbinary trans identities, covering terminology; stereotypes, microaggressions, and institutional genderism; current research on the experiences of trans women, trans men, and nonbinary trans people; and how attendees can be more supportive of trans individuals.
1-2 speakers discuss various nonbinary sexual identities, covering terminology; stereotypes, microaggressions, and institutional monosexism; current research on the experiences of bisexual, pansexual, and sexually fluid people; and how attendees can be more supportive of bi and pan individuals.
1-2 speakers discuss various asexual and aromantic identities, covering terminology; stereotypes, microaggressions, and institutional sexualism and romanticism; current research on the experiences of asexual people; and how attendees can be more supportive of ace and aro individuals.
This training is designed to encourage participants to critically reflect on the ways they participate in various forms of oppression/marginalization, as well as the significance of their own socio-political identities. Participants will develop an understanding of how intersectionality, trickle-up justice, and interconnectedness work; how power dynamics affect our everyday interactions with each other and the world around us; and how attendees can put this knowledge to work as allies of multiply marginalized peoples through self-education and material actions.
To Join the Speakers Bureau
We are always looking for individuals to volunteer to help us with workshops. You do not have to be affiliated with UMass or a student and you do not need to have public speaking experience. Training is provided and new presenters begin by working with more experienced presenters. To join the Speakers Bureau, please complete the application here.