04/12/17 Safe Zone Training
Amy White, Associate professor of philosophy at Ohio University Zanesville in collaboration with the Southeastern Coalition and the Ohio University LGBT Center will be providing Safe Zone training on Wednesday, April 12, from 5-8 p.m. in Elson Hall W110.
Safe Zone Training is a program that will educate attendees in how to create a safer, more civil community for all individuals, particularly our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members and students. The core of the program has been designed with the following goals in mind:
- Increased visibility and knowledge for LGBT people and concerns in the community.
- Increased support for LGBT people.
- Increased understanding of civility and respectful interactions.
- Increased safe spaces for LGBT people.
After the training session, each participant will receive resource materials and a Safe Zone card to indicate they have been through the training. The Safe Zone card is a message to LGBT individuals that the person posting it is understanding, supportive, and a trustworthy individual. LGBT individuals will know they can come to these allies for help, advice, or just to talk to someone who is supportive of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The symbol also means that homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions will not be tolerated but will be addressed in an educational and informative manner.
The message that the Safe Zone program will send out is one of understanding, non-judgment, and knowledge of an LGBT persons’ needs and concerns. It is symbolic of the willingness and commitment on the part of a community to provide an atmosphere of unqualified acceptance and assistance.
Anyone who may be called upon to provide support and encouragement to a member of a minority group who may face discrimination and bullying by classmates and others are encouraged to attend this training. Dedication to the growth and development of students, young and old, should transcend any personal or religious beliefs and providing a Safe Zone can go a long way in making a difference. If you have any questions about this event contact Dr. Amy White at firstname.lastname@example.org.