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Safe Zone Initiative to provide training for USI faculty, staff, and students

Safe Zone Initiative to provide training for USI faculty, staff, and students

3/12/2014 | University Communications

Registration for the Tri-State Area Safe Zone Initiative (Safe Zone) training at the University of Southern is now open. Training is free and open to USI faculty, staff, and students. Training for students will take place from 9:00 a.m. – noon, Saturday, March 29th and for faculty and staff from 9:00 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, April 30th, both in Carter Hall in University Center West. Trainers include Dr. Stephanie Young, assistant professor of communication studies, Dr. Amie McKibban, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Amy Montz, assistant professor of English.

The training program sheds light on issues facing the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, and equips participants with the information they need to become an ally. “From visualization activities, to discussion, to group scenarios, we aim to give our participants a ‘jumping off point’ for their continued journey in becoming an ally,” said McKibban. The workshop opens dialogue between the audience and the speakers. Utilizing personal stories, real-life scenarios, informative lectures, and question and answer sessions, the trainers strive to provide a comfortable environment to learn and discuss.

The Safe Zone, founded by Young and McKibban, began as on-campus training and has since spread to the greater Evansville community and other area universities. With the growth has come a name change, from Safe Zone to the Tri-State Area Safe Zone Initiative, and a new logo. The initiative, which has provided training to more than 300 people, was honored last September with the Willie Effie Thomas Organizational Diversity Award from Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

Safe Zone training is sponsored by the USI College of Liberal Arts, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and the USI chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma.

Registration for the event is required due to limited seating. To register, use the following links:

Student registration

Faculty and staff registration

For more information, contact Dr. Stephanie Young at, Dr. Amie McKibban at, or Dr. Amy Montz

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