Pride Center

Ally Training

Ally Training

What is Ally Training?

Ally Training is a 2-hour workshop for Cal Poly staff, faculty, and students who are interested in becoming allies for the LGBT, Queer, and Questioning community.
Our definition of an Ally: A person, often straight, who is accepting and supportive of the LGBTQ community.

What happens at Ally Training?

Ally Training may have anywhere from 8 to 15 participants. While the Pride Center staff will be presenting you with information, the majority of the training will be group discussions to explore LGBT, Queer, Questioning, and Ally issues and homophobia. Activities are designed to facilitate understanding of common LGBTQ and ally experiences. The session will also have many opportunities for question and answers with LGBTQA students.

Prep Work

Before you come to training, we would encourage you to read the following documents.

Link to Becoming an Ally (PDF) Link to CASS Model of Homosexual Identity Development (PDF)

Who are Allies on Campus?

If you would like to see faculty, staff, and student members of the Cal Poly community who have taken Ally Training and Advanced Ally Training from 2007-2012, please follow this link to campus allies.


Our newest terminology handout can be found on the Terminology Handout. (PDF)

Check out our newest version of the Transgender Umbrella here. (PDF)

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If you would like to sign up for any of these training sessions, please send an email to


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