Safe Space Ally Workshop
About the Workshops
The Safe Space Ally Workshops are the LGBT Resource Center's initiative to educate people who support LGBTQ individuals within our campus and global community. The workshops are divided into two, two-hour sessions: Part I- Creating Affirming Spaces and Part II- Ally Development.
Unlike more visible under-represented groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, and queer identified (LGBTQ) persons cannot be readily identified. Likewise, there is no easy method of identifying persons supportive of LGBTQ people. The Safe Space Ally Workshop strives to provide a way for Allies, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, within the Northwestern University community to prominently identify themselves. The program advances NU's goal of creating a campus community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity and may participate holistically in the collegiate experience. Please consider this your invitation to participate.
Purpose of Safe Space Ally Workshops
"Injustice any where is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an in escapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men and women (people)".
- Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The discrimination of LGBTQ individuals has caused national concerns for their well-being, especially within educational settings. Campus Pride, the leading national organization for LGBTQ college students and their Allies, provides the following evidence:
- 1/3 of LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff have seriously considered leaving, or have left their institution due to the oppressive campus climate.
- More than half of all students, faculty, and staff hide their sexual identity (43%) or gender identity (63%) to avoid intimidation.
- More than one third of all trans* students, faculty, and staff feared for their physical safety. This finding was more salient for trans* people of color.
Therefore, allies are needed because they help to support and foster safe and inclusive environments for individuals who identify as LGBTQ by fighting against homophobia, transphobia, heterosexism and cisgenderism.
Register for a Workshop
Reserve your space for trainings by using our user-friendly Registration Form.
Visit our Ally Registry for a list of all faculty and staff members who have participated in the Safe Space Ally Workshop program.