Education, Training & Consultation

The Q Center is a resource for education about gender and sexual diversity. We offer workshops through our LGBTQ Active Ally Program, respond to special requests for classroom panels and presentations, consult with students, faculty and staff about campus policies and procedures as they relate to LGBTQ inclusion, and consult on individual concerns and issues whether they be classroom, department, or residence hall based. For consultations, please contact the Center at 607-777-6028.


Active Ally Program

Due to staffing changes, the Active Ally Program is currently being redeveloped for a launch in Spring 2022. We look forward to seeing you at future workshops next semester. Please email lgbtq@binghamton.edu if you have questions or recommendations.

The Mission of the Active Ally Program is to identify, educate, and support allies who will work to enhance our campus culture increasing individuals ability to live and work authentically without regard to gender or sexual identity.

The Program offers foundational training and continued growth and practice of new skills through advanced subject workshops or "Deep Dives", discussion sessions, and social events. Participants receive an Active Ally Certificate and Badges as they work their way through the tiers of the program. Learn more about the program and register for workshops here: Active Ally Program

Classroom Support

Our classroom support takes on many forms:

Introduction to Gender and Human Sexuality presentations can be done at any time but are especially useful as fillers when a faculty member may otherwise have to cancel a class. If you have to cancel class due to illness or travel, allow us to come in and present the basics. The more members of our community who understand the difference between sexual orientation, gender and gender identity the better! Please email lgbtq@binghamton.edu with inquiries.

LGBTQ Speakers Bureau panels are popular in the professional disciplines where hearing firsthand accounts from LGBTQ people supports learning toward becoming a helpful professional. Education, H. Dev, Social Work, Psychology, SAA, MPA, Nursing, and Pharmacology are examples of classrooms where LGBTQ panels are often used. Panelists are often students, but may also include some faculty and staff. We will do our best to honor requests for specific topic areas. Panel requests must be made a semester in advance, and are due before the last day of classes. Please email lgbtq@binghamton.edu with inquiries.

Individualized Support and Consultation are always available for faculty who find themselves struggling in unfamiliar territory. When a student announces that they are transitioning genders; a student just came out to mom and dad and were kicked out of the house; or a student is experiencing dating violence within a same-sex relationship - it can be difficult to know what to do. Sometimes a faculty member wants to expand a class offering to be more inclusive of LGBTQ identities or has an idea for a lesson plan or activity and wants to discuss it. These are all reasons to give the Q Center a call. Q Center professional staff are available to walk through any scenario with you! Contact us at 607-777-6028 or email lgbtq@binghamton.edu.

Chosen Name Syllabus Statement has been crafted, with the help of students, faculty and staff, to support faculty in their desire to create gender inclusive classrooms. The tone for the semester is set even before students enter the classroom--through the language included in the syllabus. This sample statement can be used to communicate faculty commitment and expectations for the inclusion of transgender and gender expansive students both in and outside of the classroom. Learn more about our Chosen Name syllabus statements.

Consultation

We are available to students, faculty, and staff who have questions about current policies and procedures and how they impact LGBTQ people on campus. Maybe you have a question that could be as simple as "How do we ask about gender on our registration form?" We also love to hear new ideas for policies and procedures that could move Binghamton toward becoming an even more affirming campus. Thoughts, ideas, or concerns can be shared with Q Center professional staff by contacting us at 607-777-6028 or emailing lgbtq@binghamton.edu.

Pronouns

You may have noticed that some people on campus share their pronouns when they introduce themselves or include their pronouns with their name in an email or on their name tag? This is happening to make our campus more inclusive of everyone from all genders. One way you can do this is to share your pronouns. Like names, pronouns are an important part of how we identify that deserves to be respected. And we recognize that assuming someone’s gender can be hurtful, especially to members of our community who are transgender, genderqueer, or gender expansive.

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A Guide To Gender Identity Terms

Issues of equality and acceptance of transgender and nonbinary people — along with challenges to their rights — have become a major topic in the headlines. These issues can involve words and ideas and identities that are new to some.

That's why we've put together a glossary of terms relating to gender identity. Our goal is to help people communicate accurately and respectfully with one another.

Proper use of gender identity terms, including pronouns, is a crucial way to signal courtesy and acceptance. Alex Schmider, associate director of transgender representation at GLAAD, compares using someone's correct pronouns to pronouncing their name correctly – "a way of respecting them and referring to them in a way that's consistent and true to who they are."

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