September 27, 2021
Safe Zone to host Advanced Workshop 'LGBT Basics'
Safe Zone, in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, invites you to participate in the Safe Zone Advanced Workshop "LGBT Basics" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, via Zoom.
Learning and understanding the history of LGBTQ+ communities enables us to promote authentic allyship. Authentic allyship is evident by providing visible support and in-depth knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues and language. Development of more in-depth skills in reaching students in need is essential in helping individuals of historically excluded and erased identities to feel affirmed and welcomed in majority identity spaces. By fulfilling the role of an authentic ally, individuals can recognize that they are not alone, and it models for other students that gay and transgender classmates are their peers, worthy of respect and acceptance.
Safe Zone continues to be part of Kansas State University's efforts to create an open and affirming campus since the 1970s. The architects of Safe Zone created educational opportunities to teach about discrimination around sexual orientation and other minoritized identities. The expanded Safe Zone created a more comprehensive and ever-evolving effort to fit the needs of current K-State community members. Safe Zone Allies acknowledge a variety of backgrounds and identities while teaching about navigating exclusionary acts like intimidation, micro and macro aggressions, discrimination, LGBTQ-related concerns, and sexual violence.
For more information, reach out to Debra Bolton, director of intercultural learning and academic success, email@example.com; or Brandon Haddock, student services coordinator, intercultural learning/LGBT Resources Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.