NDSU Extension LGBTQ+ Training

Mission Statement: NDSU Extension is committed to serving diverse audiences. Successful work is dependent upon having a trained staff and adequate resources. This series will provide the training needed to help staff serve a diverse audience and be successful in their programs.

Topics and training related to the LGBTQ+ community can be politically charged. NDSU Extension relies on research-based information and the research is clear. Children, youth and adults who identify as LGBTQ+ did not wake up one day and make that choice. And as a public employee, we are bound to support youth in a non-discriminatory way. It’s our responsibility to speak up and educate those who make ugly comments which only serve to increase the divide in our society, and it’s our responsibility to protect youth who participate in our programs.

Diversity and civil rights are at the core of our democracy. All people have equal rights, and as a publicly-funded agency, NDSU Extension is committed to supporting all citizens of North Dakota. There is no room for discrimination in Extension work, regardless of your personal beliefs.

This series of six narrated PowerPoints (each one is less than 10 minutes) and resources provide specific, practical suggestions when working with youth and adults. This training will take about an hour to complete. We ask every employee or volunteer who works with youth to complete this training. This program has also been reviewed by the NDSU Extension Diversity Council, Center for 4-H Youth Development, and NDSU campus units responsible for diversity training.

ALL youth and adults involved in our NDSU Extension programs need to know they are supported and valued, and that you as an NDSU Extension employee will be there to support them. If you are inclined to take this training to the next level and become an ALLY or ADVOCATE, please take a look at the NDSU resources and engage in the process offered by NDSU. If you have questions about training, or anything else related to this staff development opportunity, please contact Deb Gebeke, debra.gebeke@ndsu.edu or Sue Quamme, susan.quamme@ndsu.edu .

Thank you for caring about and supporting ALL North Dakota youth and adults.

NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable. Direct inquiries to Vice Provost for Title IX/ADA Coordinator, Old Main 201, NDSU Main Campus, 701-231-7708, ndsu.eoaa@ndsu.edu.