The Safe Space Program is an initiative to educate allies who support LGBTQ individuals in our campus community. Please consider this your invitation to participate.
Unlike more visible under-represented groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons cannot be readily identified. Likewise, there is no easy method of finding persons supportive of LGBT people. The Safe Space Program strives to provide a way for supportive persons within the campus community to prominently identify themselves. The program, which is broken into four parts, enhances Valdosta State University's student mission to provide a diverse student population with an inspired education, a safe learning environment, a nurturing community, and a wealth of experience that assists students in molding their futures in a creative, conscious, and caring fashion while preparing them to be lifelong learners who will meet the needs of a changing global society.
About the Symbol
The Safe Space logo above is based on the rainbow flag, which is representative of the acceptance of the diversity within our entire society, as well as the more specific LGBT communities. At the end of Part 1 you will receive the above Safe Space logo in order to publicly show your support of the LGBT community.
Goal of the Safe Space Program
The goal of this program is to provide a more appreciative and nurturing environment for LGBT people at Valdosta State University by establishing an identifiable network of people who can provide support, information, and act as allies to LGBT individuals within the campus community.
Safe Space Objectives
- To identify and mobilize a network of people who are knowledgeable about LGBT topics and open, supportive and nurturing to LGBT people. The Safe Space training will emphasize knowledge about campus and community resources.
- To provide evidence of LGBT support by displaying the above logo as a visible symbol of personal commitment.
- To reduce the fear of reprisal and discrimination of LGBT persons within the VSU community.
Part 1: Language, History and Basic Knowledge
- Basics of becoming an Ally
- Vocabulary and basic terms
- What to say and what not to say
- Riddle Scale of Homophobia
- Coming Out
Part 2: Stories, Questions and Panel
- Q and A 'Everything you wanted to ask but were afraid to'
- Stories of coming out, being on campus, what life is like
- Interactive format
- Panel of students, faculty and staff
Part 3: Promoting Comprehensive Inclusive Conversations
- Behind Closed Doors scenario’s
- Crucial phrases for success so you don't seem awkward
- Inclusive language and practice in the campus community
- Straight talk about sexual health
Part 4: Total Knowledge and Openness
- Beyond LGB into the TQIAP (what are all those letters?)
- Trans and overall gender awareness
- Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual…
- Anything and everything you were still wanting to know
- Part 1 is MANDATORY to attend before attending Parts 2, 3 or 4 (However, if you have taken Safe Space Training in the past, you do not have to repeat Part 1)
- Parts 1 and 2 will be offered each semester
- Parts 3 and 4 will be offered on alternating semesters
- Safe Space is only offered during the fall and spring semesters
- Safe Space is free and open for faculty, staff and students of VSU as well as people in the Valdosta community