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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:
- LGBTQ staff, faculty, and students reported experiencing harassment. Almost all identified sexual identity as the basis of the harassment (83%). An even greater percentage of trans* students, faculty, and staff reported experiencing harassment (39%), with 87% identifying their gender identity/expression as the basis for the harassment.
- 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.
Safe Space Ally Workshop
About the Workshop
The two hour Safe Space Ally Workshop is the LGBT Resource Center's initiative to educate people who support LGBTQ individuals in our campus community.
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.
Trans* Ally Workshop
About the Workshop
Our primary purpose in presenting this two hour training is to educate the NU community about trans* people who are often over looked when grouped with lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
In the Trans* Ally Workshop we will offer specific strategies about how to be a trans* ally to create a more gender-inclusive community.