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The Safe Space workshops meets twice for 2 1/2 hours each meeting. After completing the workshop , faculty, staff and students are invited to become a part of the Oneonta Safe Space Network, but network membership is not a requirement for participation in the actual workshop.

Responsibilities of Oneonta Safe Space Network Members

  • To display network symbol
  • To be available to members of the College community who wish to discuss lesbian, gay, bisexual and “questioning” concerns
  • To share information about College and community resources related to lesbian, gay, bisexual life
  • To respect people's need for privacy and confidentiality.
  • To commit to continuing to learn about LGBTQ issues

In the training you can expect to learn:

  • Ally skills such as making referrals and dealing with students in crisis
  • Campus resources for LGBT students
  • Coming out and identity development issues for LGBT students
  • Awareness of campus climate issues
  • Brief overview of LGBT history and current civil rights issues
  • Current research and trends in higher education regarding LBGT students
  • Exploration of cultural stigma and affects on students

Want to get involved?

The Safe Space program is currently being revamped!

For the Spring '14 semester, Safe Space facilitators will work with groups of 8 or more to find a training time that is mutually convienent. If you have a group of 8 or more interested in attending a training, please designate a contact person to provide the GSRC with the following information via email or telephone (607-436-2190; M-Th 10am-8pm, Fri 10am-6pm):

  1. Name and short description of your group
  2. A set of dates and times that works for you this semester (Remember, Safe Space network trainings happen over two 2 1/2 hour training periods)
  3. The number of participants in your group

If you are an individual interested in taking a Safe Space training for the spring semester, please contact the GSRC, and they will inform you of set training times as they become available.

"Diversity is one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it everyday."- Anonymous

45% of gay males and 20% of lesbians report having experienced verbal harassment and/or physical violence as a result of their sexual orientation during high school.

- dreamworld.org.

For more information on Safe Space please contact
Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
Phone: 607-436-2190