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Queer Trans Identity & Experience Seminars (QTies)

Our Safe Zone Program has received a re-brand! The RCSGD is proud to announce our new training initiative: Queer Trans Identity & Experience Seminars (QTies).

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QTie Seminars provide education about the queer and trans community which include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) identities. LGBTQ is a common vernacular but does not fully represent the broad range of identities within the queer and trans community. QTie Seminars will expose UCSB students, faculty, and staff to the multifaceted experiences and challenges the LGBTQ campus community faces in navigating higher education and beyond. Furthermore, participants will build empathy and compassion while understanding their unique roles in integrating queer and trans-affirming practices in their workplaces, residence halls, and student organizations. QTie Seminars are meant to enable participants to recognize that sexuality and gender are spectrums of orientation, attraction, identity, and experiences. The seminars are available to meet the unique needs of your specific department, organization, program, or student club!


QTie Seminars are designed to provide professional and personal development for students, faculty, and staff at UCSB regarding LGBTQ identities and experiences. With an awareness that all forms of oppression are inherently interconnected, these seminars will focus on LGBTQ identity, experience, and culture through a social justice and intersectional lens. Formerly known as the Safe Zone Program, QTies will provide one to two hour long seminars on how to better support the LGBTQ+ campus community and beyond.

***If you have an old Safe Zone placard outside your office, please bring it inside your office as we will no longer be using that name.***

Seminar Types

Queer & Trans 101 Seminar

Duration: 2-3 hours

The Queer & Trans 101 Seminar is an introduction to LGBTQ terminology and definitions. It seeks to build empathy to better support the LGBTQ campus community. Participants will learn the power and importance of language especially the importance of pronouns for transgender and gender non-conforming people. By the end of this seminar participants will have practical tools to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for the LGBTQ campus community. 

Trans 101 Seminar

Duration: 2-3 hours

The Transgender 101 Seminar is an interactive introduction to the social construction of gender and will cover the spectrum of gender identities under the transgender umbrella. This seminar should be taken after the Queer & Trans 101 Seminar. This seminar covers fundamental information about gender identity, gender expression, and sex with an intersectional lens. It will highlight the importance of language and provide the opportunity to practice pronoun usage. It will begin the conversation about what it means to be transgender, and how students, faculty, and staff can be active advocates in combating transphobia at UCSB and beyond.

UndocuQueer & UndocuTrans Seminar

Duration: 2-3 hours

Minimum number of attendees: 15

The UndocuQueer and UndocuTrans Seminar is a collaboration between RCSGD, Undocumented Student Services, and the student organization, UndocuQT. It provides an overview of experiences of queer and trans undocumented people. Attendees will also learn about the resources on and off campus to support undocuqueer and undocutrans students. Representatives from Undocumented Student Services will be co-facilitating this seminar.


**Due to the complexity of sexuality and gender, we recommend requesting the three hour seminar session. In addition, a minimum of eight participants are needed to facilitated a department specific QTies.**

Upcoming Seminars

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Summer 2020 QTies


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If you would like to schedule QTie Seminars for the upcoming quarters, please contact Quinn Solis, Associate Director of LGBT Resources, at 

Seminars are scheduled Monday - Friday from 9:00AM - 4:30PM. Weekend and after hour seminars are on a case by case basis. Zoom QTies are available upon request!


Additional Resources


  • Learn more about different LGBTQ terminology here.



  • Learn more about pronouns here.
  • Practice using different pronouns here.