Trans 101 Training Presentation Sees Slow Start As Semester Begins

The Trans 101 Training presentation, presented by Tristan Vaught, director of the LGBTQ+ Student Center, saw a low turnout in the University Library on the morning of the Friday of Labor Day Weekend.

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The ally training program is the second part of a four-part program by the LGBTQ+ Student Center with the intention of training futures allies, both students and faculty, to the trans community

The presentation was preceded by a Safe Zone 101 Training presentation, the first part of the program, which will occur again on Sept. 22 and Oct. 20.

Future Trans 101 training presentations will occur on Sept. 29 and Oct. 27.

Topics such as pronouns, proper vocabulary usage and recognizing cisgender privilege are focal points during the training process of the presentation.

Vaught, who uses they/them/their pronouns, has been the director since its inception in March of 2016. The center was officially put in place in the fall of 2016 and can be found in room 101 of Taylor Hall.

Starting at 11 a.m. in conference room 1116 on the first floor of the University Library, only three people had arrived for the presentation.

"It was the Friday before labor day weekend,” Vaught said. “That happened when we had another event. We were like, ‘Oh yeah, it's the, you know, a weekend where we have a holiday."

Though the Safe Zone 101 Training presentation has been active before March of 2016, the Trans 101 training presentation was integrated upon Vaught’s arrival.

"I brought the training with me from my previous institution.”

Before coming to IUPUI, Vaught was the director of the LGBTQ Center at the University of Cincinnati, were they also used received their master's degree in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

"When I was looking at my master's thesis for having them in multiple parts, the reason behind it is looking at it like continuing education units, so CEUs, or like you would look at a class, you don't get all the information in one class. You add on.”

After completing each presentation, participants receive a certificate of their allyship complete with an expiration date. Once it expires, participants move on to the 200 level courses of the Safe Zone 101 and Trans 101 training presentations, making up the final two parts of the four-part program.

Addition training courses include asexuality, bisexuality, pansexuality and fluidity 101.

Once all four parts of the program are completed, participants can apply to be recognized allies of the LGBTQ+ community and will have their names listed on IUPUI’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s website.

Despite the small audience, the presentation still went as planned.

“I think as we start, people start realizing we're here and doing these training,” Vaught said. “We're getting more and more, so hopefully that'll increase, I know when I'm looking at the later dates we have more people signed up.”

About 15 minutes into the presentation, the audience grew to four as Elicia Hadley walked through the door.

“I was supposed to attend Trans 101 last semester, but couldn’t due to work obligations,” Hadley said. “I regretted missing [it], so I jumped at the chance to attend this training, even though it was during a busy part of the semester.”

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Hadley is academic advisor for the IUPUI’s School of Informatics.“We want students to feel safe in our school, and on campus, and we want to do whatever is needed to make sure that happens,” Hadley said. “The Safe Zone Ally training that I attended was quite large. Probably 40 participants.”

“So last year, we were averaging 35 or 40 students,” Vaught said. “This year we had 60. The other day, we had 50 on our first day, and [I don't think we've] seen anything less than, like, 40 students in there a day. So, yeah, we're getting busier.”

“I imagine the campus will continue to create more safe spaces on campus,” Hadley said. “And continue to promote workshops and seminars geared toward creating a welcoming campus environment.”

“Hopefully, like, we will expand a little bit more and continue to do in class curriculum,” Vaught said. “I proposed last year for an LGBTQ+ minor. We're looking into that.”