We are proud to facilitate our Queer Trans Identity & Experience Seminars (QTies) to the wide UCSB campus community!



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.

Seminar Types

Queer & Trans 101 Online Module

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Registration Form

This set-your-own-pace online training module was designed based off of our 2 hour in-person Queer & Trans 101 seminar. 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! 

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.

If you would like to schedule QTie Seminars for the upcoming quarters, please fill out the form below! 

Queer Trans Identities & Experiences Seminars (QTies)
Request Form

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

Please contact qties@sa.ucsb.edu with any questions.