Safe Space Program
According to the Campus Pride “2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People” 70% of first-year LGBTQ college students consider leaving school out of fear from being bullied or harassed.
A Safe Space Program has been shown to be an effective tool for helping LGBTQ students feel safe and included in the college community and increase student retention. A Safe Space Program helps create a safe, supportive, and inclusive space for LGBTQ+ students and colleagues on campus by training college and university faculty, staff, administrators, or students to be able to:
- Differentiate between sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression;
- Define terminology used to describe sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression;
- Identify ways to create an inclusive classroom and campus space for LGBTQ students;
- Learn and understand key moments in the LGBTQ civil rights movement; and
- Explore ways to support LGBTQ people in the coming out process.
Currently, our school counselor Julia Rhea and Equity and Compliance Specialist Pamela Saavedra are Safe Space Certified by CampusPride.Org. Julia Rhea is also certified to train and will be conducting faculty and staff trainings on campus.