LGBTQ Programs Coordinate Safe Zone Trainings
Sessions strive to end oppression though support group
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 14:09
For students in the LGBTQ community, having an ally is a vital resource.
“An ally can also be thought of as a member of a majority group who works to end oppression — in their personal and professional life — through support of and as an advocate for an oppressed group,” the NDSU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer and Questioning Programs website says.
LGBTQ Programs is working to help students, faculty and staff become allies and learn more about what it means to be one. LGBTQ Programs does this by offering a variety of training sessions throughout the semester.
These training sessions are called Safe Zone training. Safe Zone is symbolized by a pink triangle inside of a green circle. Anyone on campus displaying this symbol is a Safe Zone ally and is someone anyone in the LGBTQ community can reach out to, according to the LGBTQ Programs website.
There are three levels of Safe Zone training that can be taken in person or over Blackboard, and there is also training available if one would like to become a Safe Zone trainer.
The first level is about becoming an ally. This session focuses on basic information about sexual orientation, the coming out process and how to be an ally and a friend to someone in the LGBTQ community.
The second level focuses more in depth on gender identity and expression, as well as individuals who identify themselves as transgender.
The third and final training level works to further develop the participants’ comfort level and skills at being an ally. Allies are encouraged to be upstanders instead of just standing along on the sidelines.
There are a wide variety of training times available for those interested in becoming an ally. The first level one training session is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30 in the Memorial Union Meadow Lark room.
All trainings must be taken in chronological order. Other training times can be accessed on the LGBTQ Programs website.
LGBTQ Programs puts on a variety of other events throughout the year, such as Coming Out Month, Transgender Day of Awareness and Day of Silence. They also host seminars, support groups and other activities.
For more information about NDSU LGBTQ Programs, Safe Zone, and other Safe Zone training times, visit ndsu.edu/lgbtq/.