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K-State Today

February 3, 2020

Safe Zone to host student and community member introductory training

Submitted by Karsen Davis

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K-State's Safe Zone program, in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, invites students and community members to an introductory training for those who wish to learn more about campus resources to become a better ally for the campus community.

The training will take place from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in 113 Leadership Studies Building. Please reserve your place now.

The 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. Attendees should gain knowledge of campus resources and communities with the development of skills to assist students and colleagues.

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. Faculty, staff, students and community members can become Safe Zone 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 macroaggressions, discrimination, LGBTQ related concerns or sexual violence.

For more information, contact Karsen Davis, Safe Zone graduate assistant, 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