Participation in the project involves attending a workshop which includes ideas about how to recognize homophobia and heterosexism, discussion of terminology and campus issues, and tips on how to be an Ally. Workshops can be tailored to meet the specific needs and time concerns of interested departments, groups, or organizations.
Participants receive a safe zone button and sign to indicate their completion of the workshop. The button and sign are a visual symbol to the college community in general and individual students in particular that an individual or entire department has taken the time to learn about the GLBT community. The sign also includes information about campus resources. In addition to the one-time workshop, there are a variety of events, speakers, and programs throughout the year which enhance sensitivity and knowledge about the GLBT community.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and Transgendered individuals bring a wide range of life experience to the college community. Often, GLBT individuals, individuals who are questioning their own sexual identity, and/or individuals who have GLBT friends and family members look for an environment to find support, seek answers to questions, and build connections. Without "safe zones" individuals may feel isolated, alone and perhaps afraid. They may not know where to turn. Students who build support networks and find a sense of connection with a college are much more likely to remain in college and to succeed. For a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered student, having space on campus where he or she can feel comfortable with their identity is vital to both personal and academic success.
To participate in a workshop, please contact Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Services at Auraria at 303-556-6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the date and time of the next session. Trainings can also be arranged for existing groups.