What Is Greek Allies?
Greek Allies is Georgia Tech’s LGBTQIA ally training program for fraternity and sorority members.
The interactive curriculum contains scenarios, discussions, and information relevant to members of Greek organizations and LGBTQIA+ allyship and advocacy.
The training is 2 hours long and will be offered by request. Two or three trained student facilitators from fraternities and sororities will lead the training.
All trainings will be either in-person or virtual depending on the preference of the requestor. For all in-person trainings, the organization requesting must secure the event space and inform the resource center staff. For all virtual trainings, Zoom is the current platform. It is highly encouraged that all participants download and become familiar with Zoom prior to attending the training.
The training is delivered using Powerpoint slides with minimal text. Some handouts are printed in 14pt font and others in 12pt. Please notify us if you require large-print electronic handouts or a digital copy of the slide deck in advance.
The training consists of multiple discussions, breakout rooms and a few activities. No activity will require movement to engage with. We can modify any aspect of the training with advance notice.
What is the purpose of Greek Allies?
Greek Allies engages fraternity and sorority members in doing the difficult but important work of eradicating homophobia and transphobia on Tech's campus generally and in its Greek community specifically. Even chapters that are already supportive of LGBTQ members don't always make that fact widely known so it can be difficult for our students to know where the safe spaces are.
Participating in Greek Allies is a great way to show your Greek siblings that creating a safe environment for LGBTQ members is important to you. It also sends a really important message to the rest of the Tech community that Greek spaces are welcoming and inclusive. By completing the training and posting a Greek Allies sticker on your door, you can make your current and future Greek siblings feel safer and more at ease in your chapter.
Who can attend a Greek Allies training?
Training sessions are given to all Greek chapters and councils by request. A minimum of 15 participants is required in order to complete the workshop. Any workshop requests must be sent to William Britto.
What will I learn in Greek Allies?
Each training lasts 2 hours. By the end of the training, participants will:
Feel more confident using LGBTQIA+ inclusive terminology
Understand the coming out process and know how to provide appropriate support to a greek sibling who comes out to them
Understand the role of allies in LGBTQIA+ communities and social justice movements
Know actions they can take to make their chapter more welcoming and inclusive
Be familiar with laws and policies that impact the LGBTQIA+ community
Know what resources exist on and off campus for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff
Please note: This training will include some discussion of sensitive topics, including anti-LGBTQIA bias, mental health concerns, and some brief mentions of suicide and self-harm.
Please use your judgment and your knowledge of your own boundaries and self-care needs when deciding whether to register.
What will I get if I complete the training?
Participants who complete Greek Allies training will receive a card to display in their work space or residence hall room, or greek house to indicate to others that they willing to endure the journey of allyship and can provide support to LGBTQIA+ peers.
I want my chapter to be Greek Allies trained. How can I set up a training for them?
Trainings are scheduled by request only. In order to begin the process of organizing a Greek Allies workshop, please email William Britto.