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LGBTQ Resources

LGBTQ Resouces

The mission of the LGBTQ Resources Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is:

  • to offer students, faculty, and staff the educational opportunity to learn more about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community as a whole,
  • to provide information and resources to support this community on campus,
  • to facilitate a greater visibility, awareness, and understanding of LGBTQ issues, and,
  • to train allies to stand with, and advocate for, LGBTQ people.

The program is designed to work towards promoting UMass Lowell’s commitment to diversity and creating a safe and healthy campus environment through education, support, advocacy and the fostering of equity for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The program also strives to cultivate an open-minded group of leaders on campus who are committed to educating others and themselves about the oppression of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and to combat heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia, cisgender bias, and gender-ism on a personal and institutional level. The goal is to provide a baseline knowledge of language, the stages of coming out, how to offer helpful peer support, and the means with which to develop deep discussions and effectively apply them to all aspects of life. (updated June 2015)

Schedule of Events

Date Event Location / Time
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Faculty & Staff Ally Space Workshop
Lunch will be provided.

McGauvran 316, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Student Ally Space Workshop
Lunch will be provided.
University Suites 106B, 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 LGBTQ Identity Development Workshop
Lunch will be provided.
University Crossing 255, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Monday, November 6, 2017 Trans 101 McGauvran 316, 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Workshop Descriptions and Schedule:

Ally Space

Ally Space offers all of the information of LGBTQ 101 with an additional component focusing on ally behavior. During this workshop participants learn behaviors associated with being an ally and are given an opportunity to practice being an ally via scenarios and role playing. Participants leave the workshop having outlined a personal ally plan that they can then put into action.

Trans 101

Trans 101 offers basic information related to gender identity and the trans/gender non-conforming community. Topics covered in Trans 101 include vocabulary/terminology, and overview of Trans issues on campus and in our country, and information on cisgender privilege.

LGBTQ 101

LGBTQ 101 offers basic information related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. Topics covered in LGBTQ 101 include vocabulary/terminology, the history of the LGBTQ rights movement, common misperceptions and stereotypes, and ways to be supportive of the LGBTQ community on campus. This program is given in the context of the UMass Lowell community and is framed by the university’s pillar of global engagement and inclusive culture.

LGBTQ Identity Development

LGBTQ Identity Development gives participants an overview of prominent theories and models of development related to the LGBTQ college population. During the workshop participants are led through activities applying the tenants of LGBTQ identity development theory to their own experiences and work with students.

Request a Specialized Training:

The LGBTQ Resources team can conduct a training to meet the needs of your club, organization, classroom, or office! If you are interested in scheduling a specialized training, please contact Marshall Greenleaf at Marshall_Greenleaf@uml.edu

Training Schedule

Please note: you only need to attend one training date.

Student Ally Space Workshop:

  • October 11, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. in University Suites 106B
    Dinner will be served.

Faculty/Staff Ally Space Workshop:

  • October 3, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in McGauvran 316
    Lunch will be served.

Trans 101 Workshop:

  • November 6, 2017 from 12:30 - 2 p.m. in McGauvran 316
    Lunch will be provided.

LGBTQ Identity Development Theory

  • October 19, 2017 from Noon - 1:30 p.m. in UCrossing 255

All locations can be found in the online form. All trainings will also include a light breakfast or lunch. If you have any questions please contact us for more information.

To start training sign up with this online form.

Training sessions are limited to 12 people per session. Questions? Please email: Amy_Liss@uml.edu.

More information can be found on the Allies and UMass Lowell Ally Space website.

Meet the LGBTQ Resources Team:

  • Amy Liss, Associate Director of Student Activities Leadership
  • Marshall Greenleaf, Associate Director of Residence Life
  • Chris Hansen, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering
  • Jacquie Keeves, Assistant Director of Violence Prevention, Health Education
  • Allyson Lynch, Coordinator of International Programs, Office of Multicultural Affairs 
  • Cheryl Llewellyn, Assistant Professor, Sociology
  • David Aguiar, RISE Scholar for the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Contact Us:

Questions, Comments, Concerns, or Ideas? Email: LGBTQ_Resources@uml.edu or visit our social media!

Additional Resources

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

Connect With Us

We want to keep building our network of Allies. Let us know if you would like to sign up for training or workshops, want to join the LGBTQ Faculty/Staff Pride Network or are an alumnus interested in being added to our alumni list serv.