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September 30, 2019

DMSA announces Safe Zone training dates and times

Submitted by Debra J. H. Bolton

The Kansas State University Safe Zone program, in the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs, invites you to an Introductory Faculty and Staff Workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in 126 Leadership Studies Building (bring your lunch). Please reserve your place now.

This introductory training session includes presentations from Safe Zone partner offices including the CARE Office, Office of Student Life, LGBT Resource Center, DMSA's Intercultural Learning, and Counseling Services with a focus on faculty and staff rights and responsibilities. Attendees should gain knowledge of campus resources and communities with the development of skills to assist students and colleagues.

In addition, we have a Safe Zone Introductory Student Workshop scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Staley School of Leadership Studies, which focuses on student rights and responsibilities with an introduction to campus resources and communities with intervention and reporting skills development. More information and registration to be announced.

Safe Zone exists to provide open and affirming "spaces" throughout the K-State campus where individuals affected by discrimination, violence, hateful acts, and other forms of marginalization can go for support and assistance. Kansas State University faculty, staff, students and community members can become SafeZone allies as a way to publicly show their commitment to understanding human difference, practicing inclusion, and promoting equity across campus and community.

Safe Zone continues to be part of Kansas State University's efforts to create an open and affirming campus since the 1970s. Safe Zone was created to help those facing sexual orientation discrimination. Revitalization of the initiative in 2002 created a more comprehensive and ever-evolving Safe Zone effort to fit the needs of current K-State community members. Allies become educated to help those coming from a variety of backgrounds and identities with needs concerning exclusionary acts like intimidation, micro and macro aggressions, discrimination, LGBTQ related concerns or sexual violence.

For more information, reach out to Karsen Davis, graduate assistant for Safe Zone, at karsen5@k-state.edu; Debra Bolton, director of intercultural learning, at dbolton@k-state.edu; or Brandon Haddock, coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center, at bhaddock@k-state.edu