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July 12, 2021

Safe Zone Introductory Workshop for faculty and staff

Submitted by Karsen L. Davis

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Kansas State University Safe Zone program, in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, invites faculty and staff to an introductory workshop from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, July 15, via Zoom. The workshop is for faculty and staff who wish to learn more about campus resources to become a better ally for our campus community. Please reserve your place now.

We strongly encourage anyone who has attended a Safe Zone Introductory Workshop before fall 2019 to attend this and upcoming Safe Zone Introductory Workshops. This introductory workshop session includes presentations from Safe Zone partners, including CARE, Office of Student Life, LGBT Resource Center, Department of Multicultural Student Affair’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.

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 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 macro aggressions, discrimination, 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, intercultural learning/LGBT Resources Center, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, at bhaddock@k-state.edu.