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Safe Space

This program aims to help faculty/staff develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to make our campus more welcoming and inclusive to LGBTQ+ individuals and communities.

What is Safe Space?

“We work to be a community characterized by the highest standards of empathy and opposition to all forms of hatred. We welcome LGBTQ+ persons with sincerity of heart and generosity.”

 

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After the first campus-wide Teach-In on Social Justice in Spring 2017, a group of faculty and staff began developing a Safe Space Ally Training Program.  This program aims to help faculty/staff develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to make our campus more welcoming and inclusive to LGBTQ+ individuals and communities.

In November 2017, we hosted our first Safe Space Ally Training session with the help of the chief diversity officer at St. Norbert College. Out of this program, 20 individuals became designated “Safe Space Allies.” In the Spring and Summer of 2018, a group of committed BenU faculty, staff, and students developed our own training program, inspired by the program at St. Norbert College and adapted to the needs of our campus.  We hosted a second Safe Space Ally Training session in August 2018, giving another 20 individuals the opportunity to become designated allies.

Click through the different buildings on campus where you will find Safe Space Allies. These community members participated in a two-hour Safe Space Ally Training 101 session and have signed a contract indicating their commitment to being a safe, supportive presence for any member of the community. Their office has a Safe Space Ally sticker, indicating that the space is open to anyone in need of a safe environment.

Are you looking for a Safe Space Ally? Search by building below.