Visible Voices is an educational program that is styled as a speakers bureau (panel) made up of CSU students, staff, faculty, and community members who volunteer to share about their experiences and coming out stories. This popular program has been a valuable educational tool used to inform students about the often times misunderstood issues surrounding gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth and their families. Our volunteers have spoken in classrooms, residence halls, churches, and other arenas.
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PLEASE NOTE: To align with university recommendations related to the COVID-19, we will only be offering VIRTUAL training opportunities until further notice.
I Want to Volunteer!
We are not currently looking for panelists, but will open our process for next year in the end of Spring Semester.
Volunteering is a great fit for folks looking to get involved in the local Fort Collins LGBTQ+ community and develop skills in peer-education and presenting. We have volunteers who are students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members – all are welcome to apply. Panels will solely be conducted virtually this year, with some options for pre-recorded videos.
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Learn More About Our Program
to educate the Colorado State University community and the public about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex or an ally of LGBTQ+ people and communities;
to dispel myths and stereotypes about LGBTQ+ people;
to build understanding and acceptance through open and honest dialogue;
to provide positive role models of LGBTQ+ people and allies and to let other LGBTQ+ people and allies know that they are not alone.
to offer LGBTQ+ and heterosexual/cisgender ally-identified students, staff, faculty, and community members an opportunity for self-growth and training in leadership skills, such as public speaking.
I Want to request a panel!
We’re glad you are interested in hosting a panel. Panels are a great fit for classrooms, churches, residence halls, staff training, and other opportunities in which participants could benefit from asking questions directly to LGBTQ+ community members. We are currently offering two options
- Pre-Recorded Panel Package
- This involves a video link of a pre-recorded panel where we answer our standard set of questions, such as what it’s like to be LGBTQ+ in Fort Collins, coming out stories, and what we look for in allies. Additionally, we provide resources (definitions list & local resource list) and debrief questions for you to facilitate with your group after watching.
- Live Panel over Zoom
- This involves a live Q&A session with a group of panelists, in addition to our standard questions. This option is best fit for folks who have at least 60 minutes available and have specific content/questions they would like to cover.
We ask that you submit a request form at least three weeks out from the date requested and include any specific information that would be helpful for our volunteers to know so that we can best tailor our content to your curriculum or audience. We will do our best to follow up with you within three business days of submitting a request form.
As a panel requester, we see you as a partner in setting up an environment conducive to learning and supports the Principles of Community. While our panels are self-facilitated, we ask that the requesting party ensure a staff, faculty, or student leader be present to assist with engaging and interrupting any bias that may occur while we are guests in your space. Examples of incidents of bias include, but are not limited to any activity that intimidates, demeans, mocks, degrades, marginalizes, or threatens individuals or groups based on that individual’s or group’s actual or perceived identities (ability, age, ancestry, citizenship or immigration status, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, parenting and pregnancy status, race, religious practice, sexual orientation, veteran status, creed, color). Our volunteers will work to answer all questions from an educational lens, and can opt to not answer any question they choose. If you have questions about this expectation, please email our Assistant Director at Maggie.firstname.lastname@example.org.