Students are trained to interact with their peers and stand up against homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism through innovative activities and workshops. The InQUEERy team of student peer educators provides workshops and other activities in residence halls, classrooms, athletic teams, and student organizations. Using their personal narrative, students share their stories while integrating contemporary issues. Peer education workshops and activities will be offered throughout the academic year depending on student availability.
Students receive a $500 scholarship per semester after 1 year of InQUEERy involvement. Honorary members are still in their first year of involvement and receive $250 scholarship per semester. Interested students should fill out the InQUEERy team application form, which will be considered at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, depending on the amount of open positions.
Request a Program
Programs are available by request and available to any UIS group or department. Please use the Inqueery Peer Education Presentation request form. Requests are subject to the availability of peer educators and must be submitted four weeks in advance. You will contacted by a staff member after completion.
InQUEERy Interactive Programs & Activities
- Crossing the Line & Student Panel: In this, the presenters engage students in an activity called Crossing the Line and a student panel. Crossing the Line highlights contemporary information about LGBTQ+ people and issues by asking participants to move across a line in the middle of the room to express the answer they believe is correct. After each question, a brief facilitated discussion ensues that also includes information to better inform. The activity is followed by the presenters answering anonymous questions, followed by a Q&A session for the audience. Estimated time: 60-90 minutes.
- Gender this Stick Figure: This lighthearted and fun presentation educates on and deconstructs the gender binary. The presenters will have two stick figures, without any markings. The participants will be asked to provide descriptive suggestions that define each stick figure such as hair, tops, bottoms, accessories, job, identities, etc. The presenters will then deconstruct the process of gendering the stick figures, show that the gender binary is strong and present in society, and how that is challenging to many. Difficult and uncommon terminology will be defined and explained, which gives the presentation a deeper meaning. 60-90 minutes.
- Guess the Straight Person: This is a fun, exciting, and interactive game show type presentation, where the audience will ask questions to a set of contestants with the goal of trying to guess the individuals’ sexual orientations. Through this, the audience will learn stereotypes that are commonly attributed to the LGBTQIA+ community and the basis of their origin. The learning objective is to get the idea that it is not possible to tell someone’s orientation by outward appearances, interests, hobbies, etc. The presentation includes some personal stories and an open question and answer format. 60-90 minutes.
- Currently unavailable – Let’s Talk About Sex: When and how did you learn about sex and safer sex? This sex positive interactive presentation demystifies what “gay sex” is by creating a safe space to discuss sexual practices between all genders. Peer educators use interactive activities to anonymously share experiences as well as role plays to model conversation. The ultimate aim is to educate about risky and less risky practices, what makes you safe, and to learn how to talk about sex and safe sex with potential partners. Designed for all audiences regardless of sexual orientation or gender. 60 minutes.