Unlike more visible underrepresented groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) persons cannot be readily identified. Likewise, there is no easy method of identifying allies who are supportive of LGBTQI issues. As one component of UMKC LGBTQIA Programs and 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 in their offices to signify their commitment as a resource and open ear to our LGBTQIA community.
There are multiple campus-wide Safe Space Trainings per semester open to anyone interested. You can also request a Safe Space Training for your organization, campus department, staff training, or class by contacting Jonathan Pryor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.235.1639.
The next campus-wide Safe Space Training is 1 to 4 p.m., Monday April 7, in Room 302 of the Student Union.