Safe Space

What is Safe Space?

Safe Space is Georgia Tech’s LGBTQIA ally training program.

Who can attend a Safe Space training?

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.

What will I learn in Safe Space?

By the end of this Safe Space training, participants will:

  • Be aware of how heterosexist and cissexist privilege perpetuate LGBTQIA oppression  and discrimination
  • Feel more confident LGBTQIA-inclusive terminology
  • Understand the coming out process and know how to provide appropriate support to someone who comes out to them
  • Understand the role of allies in LGBTQIA communities and social justice movements
  • Possess skills to advocate for LGBTQIA communities and to combat homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and cissexism on campus and beyond
  • Be familiar with laws and policies that impact the LGBTQIA community
  • Know what resources exist on and off campus for LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff

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.Safe Space logo

What will I get if I complete the training?

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.

How do I register for a training?

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!

I want my office, department, or student organization to be Safe Space trained. How can I set up a training for them?

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 aby.parsons@vpss.gatech.edu to schedule a date and time.
 

How can I become a Safe Space facilitator?

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.









 








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