Unlike more visible under-represented groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) persons cannot be readily identified. Likewise, there is no easy method of identifying allies who are supportive of LGBTQIA issues. As one component of UMKC’s LGBTQIA Programs & Services, our Safe Space Training strives to provide a way for understanding and supportive persons within the University community to prominently identify themselves. These students, faculty and staff proudly display a “Safe Space” sign on their doors and in their offices to signify their commitment as a resource and open ear. There are two campus-wide Safe Space Trainings per semester open to anyone interested.
Spring 2015 Trainings:
Monday, February 2nd, 9am-12pm Student Union 302 (RSVP by Thursday, January 29th)
Thursday, April 2nd, 1pm-4pm Student Union 302 (RSVP by Monday, March 30th)
Do you want to bring Safe Space to your office or organization?
Safe Space Training is a specific 3 hour training which focuses on advancing participants in four particular areas: a) knowledge of the LGBTQIA community, b) awareness of biases and privileges toward the LGBTQIA community, c) skills and steps toward inclusive action and practices, and d) awareness of resources and campus or community support services.
If you are interested in having a Safe Space Training for your group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.