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K-State Today

February 1, 2016

SafeZone introductory training Feb. 6

Submitted by Susie Headrick

SafeZone will be offering an Introductory Training Session from 9-11 a.m. Feb. 6, in Trotter Hall 201.

This training session will include presentations from the CARE Office, Office of Student Life, Counseling Services, LGBT Resources Center and the Office of Institutional Equity. Attendees also will be taught basic skills such as referral techniques and active listening.

The purpose of SafeZone is to provide "safe zones" throughout the K-State campus where individuals affected by homophobia, hateful acts and violence can go for support and assistance. University faculty, staff, students and community members can become SafeZone allies as a way to publicly show their commitment to equality across campus.

SafeZone has been a part of the university since the 1970's when it was initially started to help those facing discrimination because of sexual orientation. After a revitalization of the program in 2002, SafeZone is evolving to fit the needs of current K-State community members. Allies are now educated to address a variety of topics such as hateful acts — like bullying or discrimination — and sexual violence.

For more information about SafeZone or to register, visit www.k-state.edu/safezone/training/.