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K-State Today

July 2, 2020

Safe Zone Introductory Workshop July 8

Submitted by Debra J Bolton

Kansas State University Safe Zone program in the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs invites faculty and staff to an introductory online workshop from 10 a.m. to noon July 8 via Zoom. Register for the workshop on Qualtrics.

This introductory training targets those who wish to learn more about K-State's resources across its varying campuses toward becoming authentic allies for safer and welcoming environments. 

The Zoom link will be sent out to all participants the night before the scheduled workshop. This introductory workshop session includes information from Safe Zone partner offices including the CARE Office, Office of Student Life, LGBT Resource Center, intercultural learning and development, Lafene Health Center, Student Access Center, Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services and Counseling Services.

The information will focus on faculty and staff rights and responsibilities in building environments of belonging for all. 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 marginalization, discrimination, violence, aggression and other forms of exclusion can go for support and assistance. Kansas State University faculty, staff, students and community members can become Safe Zone allies as a way to show publicly their commitment to understanding human differences and promoting equity across campus and community.

Safe Zone continues to be part of Kansas State University's efforts to create open and affirming campuses 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 assist and support those who come from a variety of backgrounds and identities often affected by exclusionary acts such as intimidation, micro and macro aggressions, discrimination, implicit biases, LGBTQ-related concerns or sexual violence.

For more information, contact Debra Bolton, director of intercultural learning and academic success, at dbolton@k-state.edu, or Brandon Haddock, student services coordinator at Department of Multicultural Student Affairs and LGBT Resource Center, at bhaddock@k-state.edu.