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Safe Space Program and Training
Goals of Safe Space Training
To explain the role and importance of “safe spaces”
To explore the components of sexuality and gender
To dispel myths & provide correct information about the LGBTQ community
To explain why sexual orientation and gender identity/ expression are so important to a person’s sense of self
To introduce how homophobia/heterosexism and transphobia/cisgenderism operate
To explore how each of us “collude” and “interrupt” these systems of oppression as allies
Be Here Now
Make this training your focus for the afternoon. Please turn off cell phones and try not to leave the room until scheduled breaks.
Whatever is said in this room should stay in this room. Please feel free to share your own experiences, insights, and feelings about the training with others, but do not share other participants’ comments without their consent. What’s said in here stays in here, but what’s learned in here leaves here.
It is often difficult to participate in training when your peers are also involved. For this reason, we ask that information shared in this room not be used outside of the training. SAFE SPACE IS CONFIDENTIAL.
Participate, Do Not Dominate
This training will be most successful if we have the participation of everyone in the room. Please be mindful of other people as you share your insights and opinions throughout the course of the training. Step Up, Step Back.
Speak Only for Yourself
Recognize that your experiences and viewpoints are not necessarily shared by others, even people who have a similar background or identity. You therefore should use “I” and not “we” statements.
Treat Others with Respect
Being treated with respect not only means politeness, but also using the appropriate language to refer to LGBT people, such as saying “lesbian and gay” rather than “homosexual,” “crossdresser” rather than “transvestite,” and referring to people by pronouns that they prefer.
Be Open to Hearing Other Points of View
There is a possibility that you may hear information that is contrary to what you currently believe about this topic. In fact, this topic may be difficult for many participants. Please allow yourself to be challenged during the training.