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Additional Safe Space Training Dates

March 28, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- Additional dates have been added for Western Illinois University's Safe Space training for faculty, staff and administrators on the Macomb campus. Training sessions will be scheduled at a later date at the WIU-Quad Cities campus.

The two-hour interactive training, sponsored by WIU's LGBTQA Resource Center, is designed to increase faculty, staff, and administrators' understanding and awareness of issues facing the LGBTQA community. Safe Space training was created to promote inclusivity and foster a welcoming campus climate to individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

The training sessions will be held on the Macomb campus:

Monday, April 1, 6-8 p.m., University Union Cardinal-Oak Room
Friday, April 12, noon-2 p.m., and 2-4 p.m., Union Capitol Room
Monday, April 22, 10 a.m.-noon, Union Sandburg Lounge, and 6-8 p.m., Union Fox Room
Tuesday, April 23, 10 a.m.-noon, Union Sandburg Lounge
Wednesday, April 24, noon-2 p.m., and 2-4 p.m., Union Sandburg Lounge
Wednesday, May 1, noon-2 p.m., and 2-4 p.m., Union Lincoln Room
Thursday, May 2, 10 a.m.-noon, Union Fox Room
Friday, May 3, noon-2 p.m., and 2-4 p.m., Union Sandburg Lounge

After completion of the LGBTQA Resource Center's Safe Space training, participants will be able to identify and define terminology related to the LGBTQA community; recognize and describe what being an ally means to them; name local, community and national resources and discuss their relation to them as Safe Space Allies; identify issues facing the LGBTQA community and outline strategies they believe will validate and support LGBTQA individuals in their learning environments; and analyze their own gender, sexuality, positionality, privilege, and oppression and reflect on how that impacts their practices.

Each participant that completes the program will receive a certificate of completion and a Safe Space ally sticker, which will serve as a visual representation of support to the needs of the LGBTQA community.

To participate in a training session, send your name, email, contact number and department name to Individuals who cannot attend a training session should email For more information or to request accommodations, contact the center by email or call (309) 298-4004.

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