Who should attend Safe Space Training?
Everyone! Whether you’ve been a long-term ally or you’re just learning what an ally is, attending Safe Space Training is a great learning experience. UW-Stout faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members are all encouraged to attend. If you have attended before, we recommend that people retake Safe Space Training every four years to stay up to date with evolving language and challenges. Even attendees who are LGBTQIA+ may learn new things about the LGBTQIA+ community and other identities within it. (By the way, an ally is simply a person who advocates for and supports LGBTQIA+ individuals.)
Safe Space Training at UW-Stout
Launched in 2001, UW-Stout’s Safe Space Program is an Ally training designed to help students, faculty and staff of any sexual orientation or gender identity/expression better support and advocate for LGBTQIA+ individuals. The training is facilitated by the LGBTQIA+ Program Coordinator and includes a student panel whose members share stories of their experiences as LGBTQIA+ and allied people and answer participants’ questions. The training is designed to help participants learn how to identify and combat homophobia and heterosexism on the campus, and better familiarize them with the LGBTQIA+ community.
- The Safe Space Program is designed to help individuals become LGBTQIA+ allies who are aware of and sensitive to the issues, needs, and concerns of the LGBTQ community.
- Safe Space Allies:
- Understand the damaging effects of homophobia and heterosexism in the university community.
- Provide a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ persons by contributing to an LGBTQIA+-friendly atmosphere and personal relationships based upon respect, fairness, and trust.
- May serve as resources of knowledge and information regarding the various needs, concerns and experiences of LGBTQIA+ persons within the university community.
- Listen, ask questions, and strive to increase their general knowledge of LGBTQIA+ issues in their daily lives.