Safe Space is Georgia Tech’s LGBTQIA ally training program for faculty, staff, and affiliates.
Trainings dates for Spring and Summer 2016 are:
Thursday, 21 January: 12:30-4:30
Wednesday, 24 February: 12:30-4:30
Tuesday, 15 March: 9:00-1:00
Tuesday, 14 June: 12:30-4:30
Wednesday, 20 July: 9:00-1:00
Training sessions are open to all faculty, staff, and GT affiliates who have a sincere interest in learning more about how to be an ally to the LGBTQIA community.
Each training lasts 4 hours. By the end of the Safe Space training, participants will:
Please note: This training will include some discussion of sensitive topics, including anti-LGBTQIA bias and mental health concerns, including some brief mentions of suicide and self-harm. Please use your judgment and your knowledge of your own boundaries and self-care needs when deciding whether to register.
Participants who complete Safe Space training will receive a card to display in their work space to indicate to others that they are allies and can provide support to LGBTQIA peers and students.
PLEASE READ THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE BEFORE REGISTERING: Spaces in these trainings are very limited and often in high demand so we often have to turn people away because we're fully booked. We therefore ask that you only register for a training if you are committed to attending. If your plans change and you can no longer attend, please let us know as early as possible so that we can open up your spot to someone else. No-shows and late cancellations prevent others from taking your place.
Great question. First of all, we ask that you don't make Safe Space training mandatory for your colleagues or members. Compelling an unwilling person to go through ally training usually doesn't make them an ally, and we want to make sure that everyone who posts a card in their office or dorm is truly willing to support an LGBTQIA person who goes to them for guidance.
Second, in order to make the best use of our facilitators' time, we ask that you have a minimum of five people commit to attending a training before you reach out to us. If you have fewer than five people who are interested, please consider registering for one of our monthly open sessions.
We also offer alternative trainings to Safe Space for those managers who want to require their staff to learn about issues affecting the LGBTQIA community. Participants who complete one of these trainings will not receive a Safe Space sticker or be added to our list of Safe Space allies.
If there is sufficient interest in your department or group for a Safe Space or other LGBTQIA training, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a date and time.
Any faculty or staff member can apply to be a facilitator. We are not currently accepting applications but please sign up for our newsletter so that you can be notified when we recruit in future.
We will be rolling out applications for student Safe Space Peer Facilitators in 2015.