LBGTQA+ Education and Workshops

Upcoming LGBTQA+ Workshops

Open workshops are facilitated by the LBGT Resource Center Staff and are open to all members of the MSU community. Registration for these programs is open.

Upcoming Open Workshops:

Monday, September 23rd – 2:00pm to 4:00pm- Quest I: Introduction to LGBTQA+ Identities  Register Here

Wednesday, October 16th – Noon to 1:30pm – Understanding Pronouns Lunch & Learn  Register Here

Wednesday, November 13th – 10:00am to Noon – Quest I: Introduction to LGBTQA+ Identities Register Here

Request a Workshop

If you would like a training for faculty and staff, please reach out to Jesse Beal.

If you would like a training for students/student organizations, please reach out to Oprah Jrenal.


On-line LGBTQA+ Training 

Queer Inclusive Leadership and Learning (QuILL) is a training program that has been offered by the LBGT Resource Center for the past several years. It consists of two parts. The first is an online self-paced web course hosted by the Office of Regulatory Affairs and available to anyone with an MSU ID. The second is an in-person training. Similar to a traditional Safe Zone program, participants receive a certificate of completion that expires four years after one’s initial training. 

The QuILL program is currently inactive and cannot be accessed.

We anticipate that our new on-line training program, Quest: Building Capacity for LGBTQA+ Inclusion, will be available in October 2019. More information on this program will be made available in September 2019. 

Following a review by the LBGT Resource Center staff, we determined the need for a new online training for our community.  Our review has shown the need for a restructuring of the program and the development of a modular LGBTQA+ education program. 

QuILL was a great program and it was the right program for MSU when it was first created. But, the LGBTQA+ community, our understanding of queer and trans identity, and LGBTQA+ language have all changed. Further, better practices for LGBTQA+ education have also shifted dramatically in recent years. It is time for new educational programs to support our current community and our goals for queer and trans inclusion at MSU. 

We anticipate that our new online training program will be available beginning in October 2019.

What is QuILL’s current status?

QuILL’s on-line component is currently offline. 

What should I do if I want to access a training between the date that Quill is off-line and the launch of the new program? 

We will be hosting a series of introductory in-person LGBTQA+ workshops during the Fall Semester (please see above), which faculty, staff, and students can attend. Community members should plan to attend an in-person training. These trainings will mirror the learning objectives of the new online training.

What should I expect in the new workshops and educational programs?

  • Multiple modular on-line trainings, including a tracked training similar to our current QuILL program and stand-alone shorter trainings on relevant topics, like pronouns. 
  • LGBTQA+ 101 and 201 in-person workshops. 
  • Topics based workshops about specific identities and topics in the LGBTQA+ community.
  • Workshops and trainings for specific campus populations. 
  • More content on trans identity, ace/aro identity, and QTPOC.
  • A shift toward capacity building for building an LGBTQA+ inclusive campus for organizations, groups, and departments.

What will the program be called?

The new program is called Quest: Building Capacity for LGBTQA+ Inclusion. The Quest Program is the name of the LBGTRC’s core curriculum of workshops. Our on-line training is just one of our offerings. 

I need a training or workshop for a specific group.  What can I do?

We will continue to offer workshops by request to groups of over 10 people. Our workshops are 1.5 to 3 hours in length. 

If you would like a training for faculty and staff, please reach out to Jesse Beal.

If you would like a training for students/student organizations, please reach out to Oprah Jrenal.

What should I do with my QuILL Sticker?

Your QuILL sticker is yours to keep. We ask that you please not leave it affixed to a door or window for an office that you are no longer in or on the outside of a multi-person office.

Should I plan to take the new training?

Yes. Language changes. Our understanding evolves. More research gets published. Part of practicing allyship skills is being a life-long learner. Folks should plan to take the new course within the first year after it is launched. After completion, participants can take other in-person trainings to continue to build knowledge and develop ally skills. We recommend that the foundational course be reviewed at least once every four years.

For any questions about the changes to the QuILL program, please reach out to Jesse Beal at bealjess@msu.edu.