Safe Zone Workshops
Two University of Southern Indiana professors lead a Safe Zone Workshop designed to educate students about issues concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.
Dr. Amie McKibban, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Stephanie L. Young, assistant professor of communication studies, conduct three hour interactive workshops sponsored by the USI Student Government Association, USI's Office of the Provost, Tri-State Alliance, and Vanderburgh County Substance Abuse Council.
Participants are provided factual information with regard to the LGBT community; asked to challenge their own beliefs; provided with practical suggestions on becoming an ally to the LGBT community at USI and in the Tri-state area; and given relevant resources to assist them in becoming an ally. The goal of the training and overall program is to mobilize and identify allies, to continue to learn, and to develop a visible community.
Persons displaying the Safe Zone symbol identify themselves as advocates against homophobic and heterosexist attitudes and actions.
"In order to create supportive and socially just environments, opportunities must exist for people to mobilize, become visible, and empower themselves," McKibban said. "The creation of Safe Zone rests on these principles, and provides one avenue to achieve such environments."
Excerpt from USI News and Information Services press release, October 21, 2011
Safe Zones on Campus
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