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K-State Today

August 26, 2020

Safe Zone faculty and staff training

Submitted by Brandon Haddock


The Kansas State University Safe Zone program, in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, invites you to a Safe Zone Faculty and Staff Workshop from 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 1 via Zoom. Access information will be provided to 24 hours before the session begins.

This workshop is an introductory base 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.

Please register for the Safe Zone Faculty and Staff Introductory Workshop.

This workshop session includes introductory information on allyship and assisting students and the campus community. The workshop will offer information from Safe Zone partner offices, including the CARE office, Office of Student Life, LGBT Resource Center, DMSA's Intercultural Learning and Counseling Services, all 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 differences, practicing inclusion and promoting equity across campus and community.

Safe Zone continues to be part of K-State'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 of intercultural learning and LGBT Resource Center, at bhaddock@k-state.edu.