In an effort to build a more inclusive environment, Southwestern College has begun a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) SafeZone. The SafeZone Training Program provides an opportunity for all members of our community to become allies and build cultural competence around LGBTQ issues. Our cadre of facilitators has been trained by the Gay Alliance and includes students, staff, faculty, and administrators. The Professional Development Program is proud to be the facilitator of the employee training aspect of this program and is happy to assist our employees in obtaining training in this area.
The Gay Alliance describes a safe zone by the following:
What is a SafeZone?
The Gay Alliance describes a safe zone as:
A safe zone or a safe space is a place where all people feel safe, welcome and included. It may be a room, a car, or an entire college campus. The Gay Alliance SafeZone program aims to increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals and address the challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers and for themselves. Creating safe zones or safe spaces is a proactive step that schools, agencies and corporations can take to create welcoming, inclusive spaces so that all people are empowered to reach their full potential. (gayalliance.org).