LGBTQA+ Studies

Credit Option
Non credit
Program Type

Gain the skills you need to work with the LGBTQA+ community in your field of study, organization, school or business enterprise.

In this interactive course, you will explore questions about gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, diversity, equity, social justice and discrimination as it relates to the LGBTQA+ community. You’ll learn about legal issues, physical and mental health care, social service and educational needs of these communities, and study the intersection between sexual orientation and gender identity with race, ethnicity, sexism and class. An essential certificate program for any individual wishing to expand their skills and become more effective allies and advocates for the LGBTQA+ community.

Who can benefit:

  • Educators and Education Administrators
  • Health Services Personnel
  • Human Resource Personnel
  • Social Work Personnel
  • Law Enforcement/Government Employees
  • Individuals who wish to gain skill to support the LGBTQA+ community


Complete all six workshops below in any order to earn a certificate. The final workshop is free.

Introduction to LGBTQA+ and Gender Studies

In three 2-hour workshops, you will gain an overview of the LGBTQA+ community and the language used to understand gender identity and sexual orientation. You’ll learn about the legal, political, cultural and social justice issues that impact these communities, as well as the evolution and distinctiveness of various gender identities. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of LGBTQA+ responses to social injustice and oppression, and learn valuable allyship skills for your workplace or community.

The Fundamentals of Power, Privilege and Oppression

Learn to recognize and better understand power, privilege and oppression, and their role in the history of the LGBTQA+ community. You’ll learn about marginalization, underrepresentation, discrimination and oppression from a social, cultural, political and historical perspective. You’ll learn new skills to identify and intervene in situations that contribute to the oppression of individuals in this community, and you’ll learn to recognize the roles social institutions play in celebrating—or challenging—the goal of diversity, equity and inclusion for this community.

Gender, Sex and Sexuality: Now and Then

Learn the history of gender, sex and sexuality—and study the disenfranchisement, discrimination and violence that LGBTQA+ communities have experienced through generations. You’ll explore misunderstood terms—particularly related to gender identity—and address the roots of homophobia and heterosexism. You will learn how to affirm all persons of varying gender identities and sexual orientation, and identify opportunities for social, legal and political support for those who are LGBTQA+.

Queer Studies

Gender, race, ethnicity and culture—explore how these issues overlap and intersect in the LGBTQA+ community. Learn the politics and social construction of sexuality and sexual identities. Study the role government and legal systems play in their interactions with both the LGBTQA+ and feminist/womanist communities and gain a deeper understanding of current social and political issues facing the many sides of the LGBTQA+ community.

Recognizing and Preventing Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace

Help prevent harassment and bullying in any workplace setting. Gain the skills you need to implement effective prevention and intervention strategies wherever and whenever bullying or sexual harassment is taking place. Gain a clear understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities of both employers and employees, including legislation related to Title VII and Title IV, as well as federal civil rights and occupational and safety mandates. You will come away with training strategies for professional development and best practices for effective anti-harassment and anti-bullying workplace policies. Play a key role in creating an equitable and safe work environment for those who are marginalized based on gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation.

LGBTQA+ Allyship and Activism

Become an ally and an advocate for those within the LGBTQA+ community. In two 3-hour workshops, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own equity-based action plan. You’ll select a project that relates to your area of expertise and develop an actionable plan for your organization or workplace. Projects might include a SafeZone training for employees; a Coming Out Day event; or a Transgender Day of Visibility presentation. Whatever you choose, your action plan will demonstrate new project management skills and strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Levermore Hall, 303
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