4 thoughts on “Creating Safe Spaces

  1. Something’s missing. Perhaps we are afraid to say Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Ally in Extension? But, this is what the Safe Zone training is about. Though, no doubt, the training can apply to other disenfranchised learners, staff, and faculty, let’s not be afraid to say the words that are part of the identities of many of our Oregon citizens, and are the founding principles of Safe Zone training. All Oregon citizens need to feel safe coming to our trainings and our facilities.

    I like the way Iowa State spells out their Safe Zone program:
    “The purpose of the Safe Zone program is to challenge homophobia, transphobia, cisgenderism, and heterosexism on the Iowa State University campus by encouraging welcoming and inclusive environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer or Questioning, Asexual, and Ally (LGBTQIA+) students, faculty, and staff.

    This goal will be achieved by educating Safe Zone training participants about LGBTQIA+ issues, and providing resources and support for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff exploring issues of sexual identity, gender identity, and gender expression.”

  2. I agree, Karen. Thank you for saying LGBTQ+ out-loud. I am most certainly not afraid to say these words.

    Happy Holidays.


  3. I love the idea of creating a safe program. We could include a module alike to the Social Justice… what a re your thoughts regarding platform?


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