Become a Panelist

Take Part. Be Proud. Make a Difference!

Speakers Bureau is a leadership program that enhances the visibility of LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, ally, etc.) people at Iowa State. We celebrate the diversity of our Iowa State community through storytelling and open dialogue. Our panels reach thousands of students in classrooms, residence halls, student organizations every year!

Panelists in the Speakers Bureau program are expected to do the following:

  • Students must have a 2.2 grade point average at the time of application and maintain a 2.0 grade point average throughout the program. For new direct from high school students (freshman) your admittance to Iowa State will grant you access to the application for the program, however, we will review your GPA at the end of your first semester at Iowa State to confirm you are maintaining a 2.0 grade point average.
  • Complete 20 hours of training and all post-training evaluations (see more about training below).
  • Observe a panel before participating in one.
  • Participate in at least 2 panels per semester as a panelist. This amounts to a time commitment of roughly 3 hours per semester.
  • Debrief after each panel with co-panelists and facilitator.
  • Communicate in a timely manner with The Center staff about changes in availability.
  • Panelists will not need to repeat training each semester, but additional educational opportunities may be offered or required to remain a part of the program.

Speakers Bureau panelists complete 20 hours of training before having the opportunity to join panels all over campus. This program will ask you to reflect upon your sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, racial identity and other social identities. Training will include key concepts related to social identities, workshopping stories and peer feedback, public speaking skills, and learning how to work as a team. For more information about the training, click here.


If you want to use your story to make a difference at Iowa State, click here to apply for training! The deadline to apply for Fall 2017 training is October 1, 2017.