Ally Education Resources

An LGBTQIA+ ally is not something you become after attending a single training or reading an article; it is a commitment to lifelong learning and a concerted effort to becoming more culturally competent. Here are some resources you can use as a starting point in your ally journey.



Trainings and Workshops

Learn more about how homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism affect us all. Start your journey in helping make our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of the community, regardless of sexual or gender diversity.

Attend a training or workshop

Names and Pronouns

A pronoun is a word that a person uses to identify themselves. Many are familiar with he/him and she/her pronoun sets; however, some people use other pronouns or simply request they be referred to by their first name instead of a pronoun.

We encourage and expect that you use a person’s chosen name and pronouns. In an effort to foster a less-stressful environment for our students, we ask that you respect students’ gender identities and gender expressions and make a conscious effort to use their chosen name and pronouns when referring to them.

Not using a student’s correct name and pronouns can make the student feel disrespected, can potentially out this student to their peers and can create a classroom environment that could be very difficult for them to thrive in.

Pronouns may seem grammatically challenging at first but can be used effortlessly with commitment and practice.

View our pronoun guide

Questions? That's OK!

One of the best ways to create an inclusive learning environment is to use your resources to become knowledgeable and stay up to date about these issues. UMKC Programs & Services is available to help answer questions you may have.