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LGBTQ+ Safe Space Program

safe space logoThe University of Rochester Safe Space Program encourages all employees to become skilled at providing inclusive environments for all people regardless of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. The University recognizes individuals, not departments, as Safe Space, for it is individuals who must use their voice and their actions to achieve welcoming environments. The Safe Space Program consists of two courses. At the core, they are designed to reduce the bias and ignorance that can lead to homophobia, transphobia, and sexist interactions.

The University Safe Space program consists of two courses, following the completion of both courses, participants can choose to complete The University of Rochester Safe Space Champion Agreement and receive official the Safe Space Sticker, enameled lapel pin, ID sticker and other items to visually send a welcoming message.

Safe Space Part 1

Gaining Knowledge: The Basics (90 min). The course is designed to provide foundational information to enhance understanding of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, “plus” others) identities and communities.

Safe Space Part 2

Creating Safety: Your 50 Feet (90 min). The course builds upon the basics learned in Part 1 to provide participants with practical suggestions on how to turn knowledge into action in life and work to encourage safe, inclusive, welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals. (Completion of Part 1 is a prerequisite to register.)

Courses are open to all employees of the University of Rochester and UR Medicine. Faculty and Staff in any position may attend the instructor-led course. Employees can register in MyPath, simply search the site for the Safe Space Playlist.

Many classes are hosted virtually, however any department or employee team may request an in-person team training.  If you have any questions about the program, contact Scott Fearing.