Campus LGBTQIA Safe Zone Program Training
Dr. Dana Waters (faculty in the PsyD program) has implemented a campus LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Ally) Safe Zone program and will be facilitating a training for faculty, staff, and students. Bring your lunch and join us on May 1, from 10 am to noon.
The Antioch University/Seattle LGBTQIA Safe Zone is committed to public identification of allies for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and other sexual minority individuals. Adapted from SAFE programs throughout the United States, SAFE is defined as: Staff, Students, Administration, and Faculty committed to Equality on campus (S.A.F.E.).
The mission of the AUS LGBTQIA Safe Zone is to create a campus environment of tolerance, understanding and awareness of the special needs of LGBTQIA and other sexual minority persons. In doing so, the LGBTQIA Safe Zone promotes awareness and provides resources and training in order to create a network of available allies for sexual minorities.
Goals include providing ongoing support for LGBTQIA individuals by raising awareness and providing resources/education to faculty, staff, administration, and students. Further, the AUS Safe Zone hopes to foster open communication between faculty and students in regard to LGBTQIA issues by creating an open-minded, collegial environment free of oppression, coercion, prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry. By providing environments where persons can discuss LGBTQIA issues in a safe manner (through identified Safe Zones), it is hoped the project will promote a more general and active atmosphere of tolerance, acceptance, respect, and safety on campus.
Who can participate in the program?
The Safe Zone manual is available to anyone in the AUS community. Please go to
tinyurl.com/antiochseattlesafezone for a copy of the manual. Dr. Waters will also be providing several Safe Zone trainings throughout the year.
Should you choose to participate as a Safe Zone ally, you will need to become familiar with the information provided in the manual. Because individuals are Safe Zones, not departments or office work areas, you will need to be prepared and comfortable if a member of the LGBTQIA community approaches you to talk about LGBTQIA issues. Allies will be asked to self-identify by placing the provided “Safe” symbol in a visible part of your workspace (i.e.: office door, window, or within your office space). This symbol is to signify your space as a safe place to discuss issues impacting sexual minorities (i.e.: discrimination, harassment, hate/hate crime, and related issues) in a way that is free of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and bias. Finally, you will be expected to consult with an identified SafeZone faculty mentor if you are unsure of how to help someone who has sought out information.
Dr. Waters has extensive experience in working with LGBTQIA persons, and in implementing and providing Safe Zone programs and training. She is a member of APA divisions 44 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues) & Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race), and is a full/professional member of the World Professional Association for Transgendered Health (WPATH). In addition, she has a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).