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Becoming a Trainer

Are you interested in becoming an LGBTQA 101 trainer? Fantastic! We'd love to have you! The steps below outline the process, as well as answer some questions you may have about what being a trainer will mean.

Step One: Attend an LGBTQA 101 session. Sessions can either be by request through a department, organization, or class, or are presented throughout the semester by the LGBTQA Resource Center. To find out more information about upcoming presentations, check the LGBTQA 101 page.

Step Two: Fill out the Trainer Application. Click here to fill out the OrgSync application. Application deadline for Spring of 2014 is January 10, 2014. You will be notified by January 17, 2014 if you have been selected.

Step Three: Attend the "Train the Trainers" presentation. One session will be offered for each semester and over the summer. The time and date will be decided by the selected applicants and the Pride Committee.

Step Four: Shadow an LGBTQA 101 session. After going through the "Train the Trainers" presentation, you'll be asked to attend the 101 session again - this time, not as a participant, but to observe the presenters and to learn how to navigate questions and comments that arise during the session. You'll be taking notes, and using what you observe to ask questions and decide on your own method of presenting the material.

Step Five: Present an LGBTQA 101 session with a veteran presenter. This last step gives you the opportunity to present a session with someone who has delivered LGBTQA 101 at least three previous times.  However, you will be a fully fledged trainer, and will be an engaged member of the presentation team.

While not required, it is strongly encouraged that LGBTQA 101 Trainers have also attended a Safe Zone training.

Questions you may have:

What are the pre-requisites of being a trainer?
Pretty basically, that you want to be an active part of creating a more inclusive environment on campus for LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff. You can be from any area of the campus community, either full time or part time. We welcome all people of all backgrounds, because we actively acknowledge the diversity of the LGBTQA community and want to reflect that diversity in our trainers pool.

Do I have to have previous presentation experience?
No, but you should at least have a level of comfort facilitating conversations and talking about difficult material in front of a group. The very nature of the training deals with personal matters of people's lives, and so personal feelings may come out in participants. While there are notes to follow, most of the conversation will be off-script, because it is extremely participant-driven. If thinking about standing in front of a group and navigating those moments makes your knees weak, you may want to look for other ways to be involved with the Center - although please don't be afraid to try!

I don't know the exact date or location of the Stonewall Riots (or some other point of knowledge related to the LGBTQA community) Does this mean I can't be a facilitator??
No, not at all - in fact, we don't expect you to have any kind of encyclopedic knowledge of LGBTQA history, theory, or current events. Simply put, this is an area in which it is nearly impossible to be an expert (not even the our presenters who have been working on this stuff for the last decade claim to be experts). We will train you on the material that the program covers, along with some additional information in case it comes up. If a question is asked in a session that you and your co-presenter cannot answer, write it down, look it up, and email the information out to the group afterwards. We've found this to be extremely effective.
(Incidentally, the Stonewall Riots took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, on June 28, 1969. In many ways, these riots were what gave the LGBTQ rights movement traction, and is why June is celebrated as LGBTQA Pride Month.  More information can be found at this fabulous Wikipedia page.)

How many trainings will I be required to do per semester?
Really, this is up to you. As requests for trainings come in, we will email out the information to all the trainers and ask for interested and available people to sign up for it. If you find that you're too busy in a given period of time to present, that's fine! However, we are hoping that our trainers will be able to present at least two sessions per semester, especially as the program becomes more popular.

I'm not sure that I want to do this... What if I change my mind after going through the training?
Go through the training if you aren't sure. If, for whatever reason, you think it's not for you, just let us know and we'll take you off the trainer list. We'd rather people feel encouraged to start and give it a try rather than feeling it's not possible and never attempting it in the first place.

Do I need to be retrained each semester?
Once you've been trained, your status as a trainer will never expire - however, if you haven't trained in at least a semester, you may be asked to participate in the "Train the Trainers" session as a refresher. Also, if significant changes are made to the presentation or materials, all the trainers will be asked to participate in a meeting to discuss the updates.

I want to be more involved - I'd like to be a part of the group that makes updates to the program.
Wonderful! You may consider joining the Pride Committee.  Speak directly with Jace Kirschner ( j.kirschner@neu.edu) about this opportunity. 

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