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Friday, October 21, 2011

Become a "Safe Zone" for LGBT community

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Two University of Southern Indiana professors will lead a Safe Zone Workshop designed to educate students about issues concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 29, in University Center East, room 2217.

Dr. Amie McKibban, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. Stephanie L. Young, assistant professor of communication studies, will conduct the three hour interactive workshop. The training is sponsored by the USI Student Government Association, USI's Office of the Provost, Tri-State Alliance, and Vanderburgh County Substance Abuse Council.

According to the workshop's organizers, "students will be provided factual information with regard to the LGBT community, will be asked to challenge their own beliefs, will be provided with practical suggestions on becoming an ally to the LGBT community at USI and in the Tri-state area, and will be 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."

The workshop is open to all students, but registration is limited to 75. Free breakfast will be served. Register online at http://www.usi.edu/opra/Surveys/safetyzone11.htm. For more information, contact McKibban at 812/465-1222 or armckibban@usi.edu or Young at 812/464-1737 or slyoung@usi.edu.

A campus-wide faculty and staff training will take place in the spring.



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