Keywords: LGBTQIA+, Faculty, Graduate, Undergraduate
Safe Zone Ally Training workshops are interactive sessions where participants learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, identities, and issues with the goal of creating a campus Safe Zone. These workshops are necessary because LGBTQ students and faculty on college campuses still experience harassment, exclusionary behavior, and discrimination. This is especially true in STEM departments. This introductory-level interactive workshop is designed so that participants will recognize the concepts of sex, gender, and sexual orientation as independent variables in a person’s identity and will learn to recognize some of the normative assumptions in North American society that can lead to marginalization of those who do not belong to majority groups or fit in with societal expectations. Participants will walk away from the session with tangible examples of how to contribute to an inclusive environment for LGBTQ individuals through implementing inclusive strategies.
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