Safe Space is Georgia Tech’s LGBTQIA ally training program.
Training sessions are open to all faculty, staff, and students who have a sincere interest in learning more about how to be an ally to the LGBTQIA community.
By the end of this Safe Space training, participants will:
We are currently in the process of revamping the program with a view to relaunching it in the Fall semester of 2014. When Safe Space is ready to go live, we will post information about what the training sessions cover here so be sure to check back soon.
Participants who complete either Safe Space I or Safe Space II will receive a card to display in their work space or dorm room to indicate to others that they are allies and can provide support to LGBTQIA peers.
Registration for Safe Space is through our online registration system. It will go live here during Fall 2014 so be sure to check back soon to sign up or email us and we'll send you the link when it's up and running!
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 email@example.com to schedule a date and time.
Any current faculty or staff member can apply to be a facilitator. We will be rolling out applications for student Safe Space Peer Facilitators in 2015. Faculty and staff are encouraged to read the requirements and then complete our online application. You can email the Director if you have any questions.