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. SAFE SPACE training is currently offered through the Counseling Center at the Statesboro location. SAFE SPACE training on the Armstrong location is housed in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Please click here for details regarding SAFE SPACE at the Armstrong location.
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.
See below for a list of information regarding upcoming SAFE SPACE training including dates and times. For more information about Georgia Southern’s SAFE SPACE Program, please email Dr. Terri Duck at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Andie Pusser Eaton at email@example.com.
*Or contact her at 912-478-5541.
Dates & Times- Fall 2018
September 19th, 9-11 AM
October 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
November 15th, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
To register for a Safe Space training as an individual, visit the University Training Portal.
To register for a SAFE SPACE training for your department or organization (8 people minimum), please reach out directly to Dr. Terri Duck with your request, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Andie Pusser Eaton at email@example.com.
The Ally Consortium
This training is for individuals who have completed SAFE SPACE training and desire more practical training in being an ally to sex and gender minorities within the Georgia Southern Family and beyond. Participants must have completed SAFE SPACE Training to attend this training. After registering via University Training Portal, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with the month/year of your completed Safe Space training.
Safe Space Alumni
The following Allies have attended the three-hour SAFE SPACE training program, which is aimed at increasing understanding and awareness related to LGBTQ issues. Becoming an Ally is not necessarily indicative of an individual’s sexual identity; instead, it shows that each one values inclusion, acceptance, and support for LGBTQ individuals and welcomes anyone to contact them for support, information, or referral to other resources.
Click here for a list of SAFE Space Alumni.
Last updated: 8/16/2018