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    Training and Education Programming

    The Hamline University Sexualities & Gender Diversity training and education programming addresses issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual community through education and advocacy. Recent educational sessions and speakers have focused on such diverse topics as Coming Out, Religion and Spirituality, Legal Issues in the LGBTQIA community, Bisexuality and Transgender Issues. 

    Training & Education Programming Series and the Rainbow Inclusion Network

    At the core of our training and education programming, we offer a 4-part series that begins with an initial standalone training to introduce people to the basics of sexuality and gender, terminology, and resources here at Hamline. The following 3 interrelated trainings, are a sequential cohort model that builds from one workshop to the next. Starting with self-exploration, going deeper into terminology and identity, thinking about engaging others in your role on campus, understanding effective behaviors when advocating, developing tactics for bystander intervention, and developing how best to support and challenge others in conversations around sexualities and gender diversity. At the end of the training participants are offered an opportunity to join our Rainbow Inclusion Network.

    Safe Zone Program Transitions to the Rainbow Inclusion Network

    From 2005-2015, with the guidance and leadership of the founding coordinators Carlos Sneed and Javier Guiterrez, and many other current and previous staff, Hamline has had a Safe Zone Program that trained more than 500 community members and had more than 250 active members. During the spring of 2015 we did a program review that many of you participated in. 

    We learned a number of things from the feedback and program review that were really helpful. First, that we needed to update the curriculum -- for instance, to shorten the training times to make them more accessible, engage people more in how to talk about these issues with others, and develop some skills tied to our respective roles on campus about how to interrupt behaviors. Second, that it was time to update the name, based on the message and the frame that we want to take to show that Hamline is welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQIA communities.

    In light of what we have learned, we built on the excellent history and work of the 10 years of the Safe Zone program and created the Rainbow Inclusion Network.

    Additionally we introduced a new logo, with a clear statement that says “Proud to support full LGBTQIA INCLUSION at Hamline University!”