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January 27, 2022

S.A.F.E. Zone Introductory Workshop

Submitted by Brandon Haddock

The Kansas State University S.A.F.E. Zone program — Students and Faculty for Equity — in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, invites you to a faculty and staff workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31, via Zoom. This introductory 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 S.A.F.E. Zone Introductory Workshop before fall 2019 to attend this and upcoming S.A.F.E. Zone introductory workshops. This workshop session includes presentations from S.A.F.E. Zone partner offices, including the CARE Office, Office of Student Life, LGBT Resource Center, Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs' Intercultural Learning and Lafene Counseling and Psychological 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.

S.A.F.E. 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 S.A.F.E. Zone allies as a way to publicly show their commitment to understanding human difference, practicing inclusion and promoting equity across campus and community.

S.A.F.E. Zone continues to be part of the university's efforts to create an open and affirming campus since the 1970s. S.A.F.E. Zone was created to help those facing sexual orientation discrimination. Revitalization of the initiative in 2002 created a more comprehensive and ever-evolving S.A.F.E. 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.

Please register for the Jan. 31 Introductory Workshop.

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.