UVA Advertises Illegal Immigrant ‘Ally’ Training

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

The University of Virginia’s student judiciary is requiring its members to attend one of three trainings on bystander intervention, LGBTQ sensitivity, or how to be an “ally” to illegal immigrant students.

As detailed in an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation, the University of Virginia’s University Judiciary Committee mandates that its members — who serve as educators, investigators, or attorneys in student trials — attend either a Green Dot Training, Safe Space Training, or UndocuAlly Training during this semester.

The UndocuAlly Training will be held later this month by the DREAMers on Grounds. On the Facebook event page, the DREAMers on Grounds describe their mission as “to create a more inclusive environment for all undocumented students at UVA through education, advocacy, and allyship.”

“Now, more than ever, DREAMers and undocumented communities need allies. Discover better ways to become an ally and learn more about your fellow peers.” The UndocuAlly Training has 19 students in attendance, 47 students interested in the event, and 244 invited students, as of the publication of this article.

The group thanks UVA’s Student Council for co-sponsoring the training.

The Safe Space Training provides attendees with information about LGBTQ-identifying individuals and “how to be an ally.” Those who complete the training are given a rainbow-colored sticker that says “I am sensitive to and supportive of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, and questioning people.” These stickers can be spotted around the UVA campus and are intended to signify safe spaces.

Lastly, the Green Dot Training attempts to minimize actions or language that could lead to sexual violence.

While the Safe Space Trainings and UndocuAlly Training are only two and two-and-a-half hours, respectively, the bystander intervention ones are six hours each.

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