“The HSZ&W training will encourage us to be mindful about those small things we say or do that have impact (positive or negative) on others. I hope that the training will help me be a better ally and friend.” – 2022 training attendee

Ally and Community Education

We offer training for businesses, schools, agencies, and community groups that would like to expand their knowledge about gender identity and learn ways to provide a more welcoming, inclusive environment to Transgender and Nonbinary individuals. 


  • The difference between gender identity versus sexual orientation
  • Foundational terms and definitions
  • Gender diversity across time and cultures
  • The challenges of the community
  • Risk factors & Protective factors
  • Best practices through a gender lens
  • How to support Transgender students, staff, and clients
  • How to become an ally–every action makes a difference

Virtual or In Person

  • 50-60 min. – works well for virtual  
  • 75-90 min. – recommended to allow a relaxed flow and time for Q & A
  • 2-2.5 hour workshop–recommended for maximum engagement with participants

HSZ&W also offers a 25-30 min introduction to our organization and services to corporate business resource groups, faith groups, etc.

Learn More…

HSZ&W’s training is a fee based service and varies depending on many aspects of your training: timing, location, size of audience, prep time, and budget. Our staff will create a program that will fit your goals and needs. 

If you are considering bringing training to your workplace or community, please fill out this form and set up a virtual meeting with our Executive Director, Shannon McKay. 

Who We Have Trained

  • Corporations and Businesses
    • Capital One
    • Bank of America
    • Altria
    • Dominion Energy
    • Orasure
    • Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
  • Agencies and Providers
    • Henrico County Mental Health and Development Services
    • SCAN
    • Healing Sounds RVA
    • UMFS
    • Children’s Advocacy Centers of VA
    • Williamsburg Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Government
    • Prince William County Government
    • Henrico County Social Services
  • Education
    • VCU School of Medicine
    • The Circle School
    • International School of Charlottesville
    • Good Shepherd Episcopal School
    • Tuckahoe Montessori School
    • Trinity Episcopal Schools
    • Tidewater School Social Worker Conference
  • Faith Groups
    • Or Ami Congregation

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