SAFE SPACE is a campus-wide initiative offering a visible message of inclusion, acceptance, and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals in the university community. The program offers participants an interactive three and a half hour orientation to raise awareness and knowledge of LGBTQ issues and to suggest ways to serve as an Ally to LGBTQ individuals. Following the orientation, participants receive a SAFE SPACE decal to display in their work or living space.
By displaying the SAFE SPACE decal, ally administrators, faculty, staff, and students identify themselves as safe, educated, and aware people and pledge to:
- Strive toward continued development, learning, awareness, and action, and to search for further ways of understanding LGBTQ individuals.
- Promote an environment where members of the LGBTQ community do not have to censor their identities.
- Promote an atmosphere where members of the LGBTQ community can participate fully, equally, and openly in campus life without fear of discrimination and/or harassment.
- Promote a safe and affirming place for LGBTQ people by offering an atmosphere and personal relationship of respect, fairness, and trust.
- Serve as a resource of information for students, faculty, and staff having questions about LGBTQ issues, and be willing to refer students to support and resources on campus and in the community.
- Maintain confidentiality.
Last updated: 12/23/2016