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: An introduction to ally development; no prior training is needed. Can be schedule for programs and departments on request!
- Custom QAC Programs: Each custom training is tailored to address specific LGBTQIA-related topics within any discipline with the goal of providing relevant, contemporary information.
- Facilitator Training: Would you like to become a QAC facilitator? Facilitator trainings are held once a year, though facilitator mentorship is available throughout the year. Any enrolled UO student can attend; faculty and staff members may attend facilitator trainings scheduled by request. Those interested must attend a general QAC training.
To set up a QAC Training, please fill out a Training Request Form.