Safe Space Program

 

Safe Space Program Mission Statement

The Safe Space campaign actively works to make Southeastern a safe and inclusive place for all students, faculty and staff regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The campaign emphasizes providing educational opportunities, ongoing professional development and programming for students, staff, faculty and administration about the unique challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies often encounter.  It also works with students, staff, faculty, administration, student organizations and university departments to represent LGBTQ+ concerns; provides advocacy and resources; and organizes LGBTQ+ panels and presentations.

Primary Goal

To create a network for the LGBTQ+ Community at Southeastern that is welcoming, inclusive, and offers support for the emotional and physical safety of these individuals. 

Learning Outcomes: 

1. Differentiate between sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Utilize inclusive language regarding sexual and gender identities. 

2. Describe ways to create a more inclusive environment on campus for the LGBTQ+ community to feel safe, supported, and valued as members of Southeastern. 

3. To provide information about resources and appropriate referrals for members of the campus community seeking additional support and information in this area. 

4. To expand the network of allies on campus.

What is a "safe space"?

Faculty or staff who have completed a Safe Space training can choose to display a sticker on their office door indicating that they are an ally of the LGBTQ community and are welcoming and supportive of LGBTQ students.

 

When is the training, and how can I get involved?

Safe Space trainings are offered every fall and spring semester. To receive announcements on upcoming trainings, or if you would like more information, please email misa@southeastern.edu.

 

Additional Resources: 

standOUT (student organization)

pride.selu@gmail.com

PFLAG: Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (New Orleans Chapter)

Forum for Equality

Equality Louisiana

Louisiana Trans Advocates