Safe Space


Safe Space card with rainbow hexagon and George P. Burdell on it

Fall 2021 Safe Space Training Dates


Tuesday, September 21st, 9:00am-1:00pm

October is a 2-part workshop!
Wednesday, October 20th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Friday, October 22nd, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Tuesday, November 9th, 12:30pm-4:30pm in collaboration with Ethics Week 




Please read this important information before registering.

What is Safe Space?

Safe Space is Georgia Tech’s LGBTQIA ally training program for faculty, staff, affiliates, graduate students, and postdocs.

Are you an undergraduate student? Sign up for one of our Safe Space: Peer Education sessions instead.


Who can attend a Safe Space training?

Training sessions are open to all employees, graduate students, postdocs, and GT affiliates who have a sincere interest in learning more about how to practice allyship to the LGBTQIA community.


What will I learn in Safe Space?

Each training lasts 4 hours. By the end of the Safe Space training, participants will:

  • Feel more confident using LGBTQIA-inclusive terminology
  • Be aware of how heterosexist and cissexist privilege perpetuate LGBTQIA oppression  and discrimination
  • 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

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.


What will I get if I complete the training?

Participants who complete Safe Space training will receive a card to display in their work space to indicate to others that they have completed the program and can provide support to LGBTQIA peers and students.


How do I register for a training?

Spaces in these trainings are very limited and 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. Just click the button below to register for a training.


Accessibility Information


Event Space:  All trainings take place in the Exhibition Hall. There is visitor parking (including disabled spaces) and a Trolley/Stinger stop right outside the venue. There is an accessible entrance to the first floor. All trainings take place on the second or third floor and there are elevators going to each level. The training rooms are wheelchair-accessible, but please indicate on your registration if you use a wheelchair or other mobility aid so that we can arrange the room accordingly. For most of the training, participants will be seated at tables in chairs that have no arms. The closest gender-inclusive restroom is next door in the Pavillions.


Activities/Movement:  For the One Step Forward activity, participants are asked to move across a room as certain statements are read aloud. For the Star Activity, participants will write 5 terms relating to their life on a colored paper star. We can modify any of these activities with advance notice.


Training Materials: The training is delivered using PowerPoint slides with minimal text. Some handouts are printed in 14pt font and others in 12pt. Please notify us if you require large-print electronic handouts or a digital copy of the slide deck in advance. 


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 allyship training usually doesn't make them an ally, and we want to make sure that everyone who posts a card in their workplace is truly willing to support an LGBTQIA person who reaches out to them.

Second, in order to make the best use of our facilitators' time, we ask that you have a minimum of 15 people commit to attending a training before you reach out to us. If you have fewer than 15 people who are interested, please consider registering for one of our monthly open sessions. 

If there is sufficient interest in your department or group for a Safe Space training, please send us an email to discuss your options.


How can I become a Safe Space facilitator?

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.