OUTSpoken Peer Educators are students devoted to campus peer education, outreach, and advocacy regarding issues of sexual orientation and gender identity & expression. Our efforts aim to create a campus community that understands, welcomes, and supports the identities and experiences of every student.
OUTSpoken Peer Educators are a group of undergraduate students who have completed an intensive training on issues that are current and necessary to the understanding of the concerns in the LGBTQ community. Peer Educator training consists of: a one week training in mid-August, monthly continuing education sessions throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, and a one day Retreat in January. After this training, OUTSpoken Peer Educators help to facilitate the various programs described below on a volunteer basis, work together to strengthen OUTSpoken Peer Education, and work toward the achievement of its mission.
This is a campus wide program designed to visibly identify students, staff, and faculty peers who support the LGBTQ population, understand some of the issues facing LGBTQ individuals, and are aware of the various LGBTQ resources. The hour and a half training session provides a foundation of knowledge needed to practice effective allyship to LGBTQ students and those questioning their sexuality. Campus wide trainings are offered multiple times a semester, but training sessions can be arranged for other groups by request. For more information about Safe Zone trainings, check out our Safe Zone page.
Be on the lookout for Fall 2018 Safe Zones to sign up for!