To make the campus climate more inclusive for LGBTQ faculty, staff and students, the Office of Multicultural Student Success will hold several Safe Place trainings.
At the newly redeveloped session, attendees will be introduced to LGBTQ-related terminology, learn about common issues and challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals, what it means to be an ally, and what resources are available.
“A Safe Place is a confidential place free from homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and heterosexism where people who identify in the LGBTQ community can feel welcome, safe and included,” said Danielle Stamper, interim program coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Success.
Safe Places on campus can be identified by the Safe Place sticker for faculty and staff and buttons for students. These markers indicate that the individual or office has signed the Safe Place pledge and are an ally to the LGBTQ community.
“Safe Places are important because they allow LGBTQ individuals to be their complete self without the fear of being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,” Stamper said.
Faculty and staff who go through the updated Safe Place Training curriculum also will have the option to be listed as a Safe Place on the Office of Multicultural Student Success website.
For a list of current Safe Places on campus, visit utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/omss.
To register for one of the Safe Place trainings, click here.