Safe Space Program

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The Safe Space Program provides a way for faculty, staff, students and administrators to prominently communicate that they are a safe contact for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff and allies to share fully of their identities with acceptance and appreciation of being who they are. The Safe Space Program is an initiative to educate allies who support LGBTQ+ individuals in our campus community.

Program Outcomes

As a result of attending Safe Space LGBT 101 participants will learn about the three components of sexuality verified by the facilitator counting the number of hands raised for those who can identify components prior to the training and counting the number of hands of those who can and will identify components of sexuality at the end of the training.


Following attending Safe Space LGBT 101 participants will be able to identify the three components of gender verified by the facilitator counting the number of hands raised for those who can identify components prior to the training and counting the number of hands of those who can and will identify components of gender at the end of the training.


In the Safe Space LGBT 101 training the participants will learn about identification terminology in the LGBT+ acronym demonstrated by the facilitator using pretest and posttest measuring whether the participants can identify identities within the LGBT+ acronym.


In Safe Space LGBT 101 participants will be able to identify online and campus resources as an ally of LGBT+ campus members with the facilitator using pretests and posttests to measure the how aware participants are of resources.


As a result of attending Safe Space Ally Development participants will learn about the three components of sexuality verified by the facilitator counting the number of hands raised for those who can identify components prior to the training and counting the number of hands of those who can and will identify components of sexuality at the end of the training.


Following the Safe Space Ally Development participants will be able to identify the three components of gender verified by the facilitator counting the number of hands raised for those who can identify components prior to the training and counting the number of hands of those who can and will identify components of gender at the end of the training.


In the Safe Space Ally Development training participants will learn how LGBTQ+ and racial identities intersect validated by the facilitator having the participants write down ways intersectionality is relevant to inclusiveness of campus members in the scenario discussions they are given.


In the Safe Space Ally Development participants will be able to identify four steps towards developing as an ally for LGBT+ campus members evident by the facilitator using a written record of each person identifying one way they can be an ally to LGBT+ campus members in their position or role on campus.


In the Train the Trainer training, trainees will learn facilitation skills demonstrated by the trainees facilitating in pairs components of LGBT 101 with other trainers acting as an audience with the trainees and facilitator feedback recorded and verbally given to the trainees presenting.


The trainees in Train the Trainer will learn about components of andragogy evident by the facilitator asking trainees about andragogical concepts at the beginning of the section of andragogy then using scenarios of discussions with adult learners and recording how each trainee would apply these components.

Sign up for our upcoming Open Trainings!

If you would like to be Safe Space Certified you must go through both LGBT 101 and Trans 101 trainings.  If you would simply just like to attend the trainings to expand your knowledge, allyship or just a refresher, you are welcome!

 

Safe Space Open Training Registration

 

 

Purpose

Unlike more visible under-represented groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and similarly identified (LGBTQ+) persons cannot be readily recognized. Likewise, there is no easy method of finding persons supportive of LGBTQ+ people. The Safe Space Program strives to provide a way for supportive persons within the University community to prominently identify themselves. The program advances UWM’s goal of creating a campus community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Please consider this your invitation to participate.

Goal of the Safe Space Program

The goal of this program is to promote inclusivity and advocacy for LGBTQ+ people and their allies at UWM by establishing an identifiable network of allies who can provide support, information, and act as allies to LGBTQ+ individuals within the University community. One of the main goals of the Safe Space Training Program is to advocate that the diversity of the UWM campus communities are respected thus making the campus climate more inclusive, welcoming and safe for everyone.

Safe Space Modules
The training is designed in two modules that are delivered periodically throughout the semester and are 60-90 minutes in length. Individuals can sign up for the modules that appeal most to them or are most relevant to their professional needs, though participants will only receive a Safe Space seal upon completion of both modules.

Module 1: LGBT+ 101
A professional development workshop that encourages UWM faculty, staff and student leaders to attain foundational knowledge of LGBTQ+ communities and identities.  Participants will learn about:

  • Lexicon, vocabular, and basic terminology
  • Common LGBTQ+ terms and identities
  • The gender binary and the gender and sexuality spectrum
  • Components of sexuality and gender identity
  • Coming out models, best practices for being affirming and supportive when someone comes out to you
  • Ways to dispel myths, misconceptions, and avoid reinforcing negative stereotypes
  • On-campus and community resources
This section is treated as a “basics” component and it is intended to prepare new participants and members of the safe space program for the second module.
Module 2: Ally Development
A follow-up to LGBTQ+ 101. Participants will increase their knowledge and skills of adjusting campus climates for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will learn about:
  • Intersectionality, multiplicity of identities
  • Homophobia, transphobia, heteronormativity, cisnormativity
  • Systematic oppression and marginalization
  • Microaggressions of language
  • Models of inclusive language, how to transform language
  • Skills and resources to create an inclusive campus

Trans 101 Workshop

The Trans 101 module is a dynamic and interactive workshop created to educate the UWM campus about the transgender community and how as a campus we can continually become more inclusive.

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