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February 9, 2022

S.A.F.E. Zone Educational Series program: 'Hidden Voices in STEM'

Submitted by Brandon Haddock

The Kansas State University S.A.F.E. Zone program, in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, invites you to an Educational Series program from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 10, via Zoom. The workshop is an educational opportunity for faculty and staff who wish to learn ways to incorporate historically erased or marginalized voices into STEM curriculum. The session will enable dialogue that assists in becoming a better ally for our campus in the STEM classroom. Please reserve your place now.

S.A.F.E. Zone Educational Series programs are extensions of the Introductory and Advanced workshops currently offered and serve as additional resources for education and advocacy of historically erased or marginalized communities. The "Hidden Voices in STEM" program provides a historical context of leading figures in multiple disciplines who are often erased or overlooked for their contributions. This program provides constructive examples of how faculty and staff may include identities within their course curriculum to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for students who may not feel visible in STEM. Creating dialogue and a relatable environment in STEM disciplines can help create an environment of belonging for marginalized or erased identities.

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 Kansas State 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.

Please follow the link to register for the Feb. 10 Hidden Voices Educational Program.

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 Resource Center, Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, at bhaddock@k-state.edu.