About Quest

Quest: Building Capacity for LGBTQA+ Inclusion is the LBGT Resource Center’s core curriculum.This program is designed to encourage the growth and development of ally skills and practices over time by providing a greater variety of educational programs and workshops at varying levels and on specific topics and identities. The title of the program was selected to highlight the journey that is required for all of us as life-long learners committed to a more just world.

The Quest Program includes:

  • Quest I: Foundations. This introductory program is presented in two formats:
    • A 3 hour in-person workshop that is currently available upon request for groups, offices, and departments
    • An online six-module web-course called Quest I: Foundations - Introduction to LGBTQA+ Identities and Inclusion Online
  • Quest II: Developing Ally Skills is the advanced workshop and focuses on individual and interpersonal allyship skills. Quest II will be released in spring 2021 and will be delivered in-person only. Completion of Quest I is a prerequisite.
  • Quest: Building Capacity for Teams is our teams based workshop and will be released in fall 2021. It is delivered in-person and to groups, teams, and departments. Completion of Quest I is a prerequisite.
  • Quest: Topics is a series of in-person topic based workshops. At least one Quest: Topics program will be hosted each semester and can be requested for departments, teams, or groups.
    • Current workshops include the Understanding Pronouns Workshop and Quest: Introduction to Trans and Nonbinary Identities.
What can I expect from the Quest Program? 
  • Multiple modular on-line educational programs.
  • Tiered programs to continue learning and growing.
  • Topic-based workshops about specific identities and topics in the LGBTQA+ community.
  • Workshops and educational opportunities for specific campus populations and affiliations. 
  • More content on trans identity, ace/aro identity, and LGBTQA+ BIPOC communities.
  • A shift away from ally as an identity and toward capacity building for creating an LGBTQA+ inclusive campus for organizations, groups, and departments.

 

Quest has replaced the LBGT Resource Center’s previous training program, Queer Inclusive Leadership and Learning (QuILL). 

QuILL 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. Recommended practices for LGBTQA+ education have shifted dramatically in recent years. Following a review by the LBGT Resource Center staff, we determined the need for a new online training for our community.

The QuILL program is currently inactive and cannot be accessed. If you have previously completed a QuILL training, 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. 

You should plan to take the LBGTRC’s new Quest trainings within the first year after they are launched. Part of practicing allyship skills is being a life-long learner. For any questions about the changes to the QuILL program, please reach out to Jesse Beal at bealjess@msu.edu.