Queer Ally Coalition
The Queer Ally Coalition (QAC) was redeveloped from the standing Safe Zone program at the University of Oregon. The Safe Zone program was implemented in 1992 as one of the first university programs to create a safe and visible atmosphere for lesbian, gay, and bisexual students.
The Queer Ally Coalition (QAC) seeks to reduce homophobia, heterosexism, and gender bias on the University of Oregon campus and create an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance for all members of our community inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. In addition to visibly identifying members of our community who are willing to be acknowledged as allies for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students, faculty, and staff, we organize training programs and provide ongoing opportunities for dialogue to expand our understanding of the issues in our campus community.
The Queer Ally Coalition is open to all members of the University of Oregon community who wish to learn more about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally issues and support LGBTQIA+ individuals.
Within the program, there are three types of training available:
- General QAC Training: This introductory four-hour seminar provides active allyship education and development for UO students, staff, and faculty. No prior education is required!
- QAC Continuing Education: This series of panels, workshops, lectures, and trainings will provide opportunities for QAC members to continue engaging with the LGBTQIA+ community, expand on their education, hone allyship skills, and to demonstrate further dedication to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Each continuing education opportunity is categorized under a specific color of the rainbow corresponding to a matching QAC sticker. By attending an educational opportunity from each color category, QAC members can collect the rainbow and gain a holistic and in-depth ally education. This program is only open to QAC members.
- Facilitator Training: Would you like to become a QAC facilitator? Being a QAC facilitator means joining a team of students, faculty, and staff who have dedicated time to becoming active advocates and educators for the LGBTQIA+ community. Facilitator trainings are held throughout the year, and are open to any enrolled UO student, faculty, or staff member who has completed the general QAC training.
To set up a QAC Training, please fill out a Training Request Form.
QAC Nomination Program
Do you know someone who would benefit from joining a visible network of allies across campus and accessing exclusive educational allyship opportunities? If you are a student at the UO, you are invited to nominate another member of the campus community by filling out a QAC student nomination form.