Unlike more visible underrepresented groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) persons cannot be readily identified. Likewise, there is no easy method for this community to identify allies who are supportive of LGBTQIA communities and their issues. As one component of UMKC LGBTQIA Programs & Services, our Safe Space Training program strives to provide a way for understanding and supportive persons within the UMKC community to promimently identify their commitment as an ally. These students, faculty, and staff proudly display a “Safe Space” sign on their doors or in their workspace to signify their commitment as a resource and open ear to our LGBTQIA community.
The primary purpose of Safe Space is to reduce homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism on our campuses to make our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of the community, regardless of sexual or gender diversity. This is accomplished through self-reflective and group based work that will allow us to challenge our individual biases in order to better serve as a resource and support for our LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff.
- To identify a network of allies who are concerned, empathetic, and knowledgeable about LGBTQIA issues.
- To show support to the LGBTQIA community and their allies within the UMKC community by posting the Safe Space placard as tangible evidence of support.
- To reduce the fear of reprisal and discrimination of the LGBTQIA community and their allies within the UMKC community.
- To assist LGBTQIA and allied students in achieving their educational goals by creating an environment in which they can be themselves.
Submit your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring 2017 Trainings:
Monday, February 6th, 9am-12pm Administrative Center Plaza Room (RSVP by Thursday, Feb 2nd)
Thursday, April 13th, 1pm-4pm Student Union 302 (RSVP by Tuesday, April 11th)
Hospital Hill Campus
Wednesday, March 15th, 1pm-4pm Health Science Building Room 3302 (RSVP by Monday, March 13th)
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 email@example.com.