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Queer Trans Identities & Experiences Seminars

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

Online Queer & Trans 101 Module

Duration: 1 Hour & 30 Minutes | Registration Form

The Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (RCSGD) is happy to announce the launch of its new Queer & Trans 101 online module. This set-your-own-pace online training module was designed based on the first seminar of our Queer and Trans Identities and Experiences Seminars (QTies) and takes approximately 1 hour and 30minutes to complete. This module offers an introduction to queer and trans terminology, pronouns, common challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ members of our campus community as well as resources and action items for non-members of the community to be more supportive and inclusive.

If you never had the opportunity to attend our QTies or if you are looking for a reminder of the information you were given in our seminars, this Queer & Trans 101 online module is made for you! If interested, please fill out this quick form to receive additional instructions and the link to this module.

Queer & Trans 101 Seminar

Duration: 2- 3 hours

Minimum number of attendees: 8

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. 

Transgender 101 Seminar

Duration: 2-3 hours

Minimum number of attendees: 8

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. 

At this time, we are not offering this seminar to individual departments. Check out the quarterly open seminar on the flyer below.

Two-Spirit 101 Seminar

Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

Minimum number of attendees: 15

The Two-Spirit 101 Seminar is a collaboration between RCSGD, the American Indian and Indigenous Student Association (AIISA), and the Two-Spirit Alliance student organization. The Two-Spirirt 101 seminar is an introduction to the experiences and history of the queer, trans, and Two-Spirit, Native and Indigenous communities. Participants will learn the historical context and impacts of colonialism on our Two-Spirit community members. By the end of this seminar, participants will have practical tools to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for the Native, Indigenous, and Two-Spirit campus community. Representatives from the Two-Spirit Alliance student organization will be co-facilitating this seminar.

At this time, we are not offering this seminar to individual departments. Check out the quarterly open seminar on the flyer below.

**Due to the complexity of sexuality and gender, we recommend requesting the three-hour seminar sessions. **

Information Session Types

Pronouns Information Session

Duration: 30 minutes

Pronouns are used in every day speech and writing to take place of people's names. using the correct pronouns is so important in making our campus more welcoming for transgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming people. This information session is a crash course on pronouns and ways to implement pronouns into your work. 

All Gender Restrooms Information Session

Duration: 30 minutes

Join the RCSGD to learn more about All Gender Restrooms at UCSB and to get your questions answered.


*These information sessions are only offered to departments by request. Email to schedule one today!

Upcoming Seminars

If you would like to schedule QTie Seminars for the upcoming quarters, please email

Seminars are scheduled Monday - Friday from 9:00AM - 6:00PM. Weekend and after hour seminars are on a case by case basis. Zoom QTies are available upon request!