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Trainings & Workshops

The primary purpose of Safe Space is to reduce homophobia, biphobia, 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.

Safe Space Trainings

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. Our Safe Space Training program strives to provide a way for understanding and supportive persons within the UMKC community to prominently 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.

Spring 2019 Trainings

Tuesday, April 16 at 1-4pm
Health Sciences Building, Room 5302
Register for April 16 Training

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:

  1. Knowledge of the LGBTQIA+ community
  2. Awareness of biases and privileges toward the LGBTQIA community
  3. Skills and steps toward inclusive action and practices
  4. Awareness of resources and campus or community support services

If you are interested in having a Safe Space Training for your group, please email lgbtqia@umkc.edu.

Speakers Bureaus

To request a panel of LGBTQIA+ students to speak to your class, department, or organization, please contact lgbtqia@umkc.edu or call 816-235-1639.

Workshops and Presentations

If you’re interested in hosting a presentation or workshop, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at lgbtqia@umkc.edu or 816-235-1639.