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Safe Zone Training

The LGBTQ+ is committed to providing faculty, staff and student leaders with the necessary knowledge and tools to serve as allies to the LGBTQ community on campus. During these interactive sessions, participants are provided with information regarding:

  • Definitions and preferred usage
  • How to be an active ally, including how those of us in the LGBTQ+ community can be better allies to one another
  • Campus and community climate issues
  • Campus and community resources

We encourage all those who participate in trainings to display a Safe Zone symbol but it is not necessary: you may decide to participate for personal knowledge, too. 

LGBTQ Safe Zone Trainings will be held on the  first Wednesday of each month.

Transgender Safe Zone Trainings will be held on the  third Wednesday of each month.

All Safe Zone Trainings are being held remotely via zoom. All trainings are 90 minutes long.


Register for Safe Zone Training


Our regularly-scheduled bimonthly trainings are geared toward higher education professionals and students. Accordingly, all WVU departments, units, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend one or more of these scheduled trainings.

If you would like to schedule a training for your external organization, group or school, please contact us at lgbtq@mail.wvu.edu

Descriptions

Safe Zone

The two hour workshop provides information on LGBTQ+ histories and experiences.  Trainings can be tailored to particular audiences (higher education, K-12, health care, law, and more), just let us know. Trainings also provide opportunities to try out problem solving skills and apply information to real life scenarios.  We encourage students, faculty, and staff to think critically about issues affecting LGBTQIA+ issues and learn how to commit to improving our communities.

Trans Safe Zone

The WVU LGBTQ+ Center provides Transgender Safe Zone training to all interested faculty, staff, students, and broader community members.  Our training covers basic information about  transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people and communities, demographic information about the size of transgender populations in the US and in WV, and histories of transgender activism, as well as issues related to trans health care and transition, and trans-specific experiences with hate crimes and discrimination.  The Transgender Safe Zone provides concrete strategies for those interested in becoming a transgender ally, including ways to assess the gender-inclusivity of living and learning spaces, recreational facilities, forms, policies, pedagogies, and curricula, and ways to ensure inclusive pronoun and chosen name use.

Health Safe Zone

This training is for professionals interested in gender-inclusive practices in healthcare. You will learn how to provide better care and services to transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people. The training covers information on health disparities, demographic information, brief history of health-related activism, overview of gender-affirming practices, overall experiences with healthcare system and respective intersectional complications. As a gender-inclusive professional, you will learn ways to assess your current work and organization, practice inclusive language and solutions to positively impact your organizational climate.