LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Safe Space Training

Periodically, we offer training for members of the Feinberg community to increase our collective capacity in becoming a fully inclusive campus. For additional trainings offered on the Evanston campus, please visit the LGBT Resource Center. The center also maintains a current list of faculty, staff, and students who have completed training and are Safe Space Allies.

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Safe Space Training

The Office of Diversity offers LGBT Safe Space Training in partnership with individuals from the Northwestern LGBTQA Campus Advisory Network and the Feinberg School of Medicine Queers and Allies group. The Safe Space Program is an initiative to educate allies who support LGBTQ individuals in our campus community.
Campus announcements for training are sent at least 4 weeks prior.  The registration link below is active only when a training is pending.

Sign up for Safe Space Training

The 2013-2014 sessions are as follows:

Friday, October 25, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm (module 1) and 2:45 - 3:45 (module 2) and 4:00- 5:00 pm (module 3).
Winter 2014 session TBA 1:00 - 5:00 pm (modules 1 through 3 offered).
Friday, May 9, 2014 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm (modules 1 through 3 offered).

[The following information is from the LGBT Safe Space Training page of the LGBT Resource Center at Northwestern University.]

Purpose
Unlike more visible under-represented groups, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons cannot be readily identified. Likewise, there is no easy method of finding persons supportive of LGBT people. As one component of the LGBTQA Campus Advisory Network, the Safe Space Program strives to provide a way for supportive persons within the University community to prominently identify themselves. The program advances Northwestern University's goal of creating a campus community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Please consider this your invitation to participate.

About the Symbol
The Safe Space symbol is based on the rainbow flag, which is representative of the acceptance of the diversity within our entire society, as well as the more specific LGBT communities. The triangle shape is derived from symbols the Nazis used to identify gay men (pink triangle) and lesbians (black triangle) in concentration camps. These icons have been reclaimed by the gay rights movement as symbols of empowerment and remembrance. For Feinberg Safe Space trainees who are clincians, the Office of Diversity also offers a rainbow caduceus pin that can be worn on clothing or a white coat as a visible symbol of support for patients and their families.

Goal of the Safe Space Program
The goal of this program is to provide a more hospitable environment for LGBT people at Northwestern by establishing an identifiable network of allies who can provide support, information, and act as allies to LGBT individuals within the University community.

Safe Space Objectives

Safe Space Modules

The training is designed as 4 modules delivered every three to four months that are 20-120 min in length. Individuals can sign up for the modules that appeal most to them or are most relevant to their professional needs.

Module 1: Language and Inclusive Conversations

Module 2: Stories, Questions and Mythbusters

Module 3: Clinical Encounters that promote comprehensive sexual health for everyone

Module 4: TKO (total knowledge and openness) for the T-Q-I (trans*-Queer-Intersex)

Safe Space Modules

The training is designed as 4 modules delivered every three to four months that are 20-120 min in length. Individuals can sign up for the modules that appeal most to them or are most relevant to their professional needs.

Module 1: Language and Inclusive Conversations
lexicon, what to say, what not to say

Module 2: Stories, Questions and Mythbusters
Q and A [with a Gay] 'Everything you wanted to ask but were afraid to' - becoming informed allies

Module 3: Clinical Encounters that promote comprehensive sexual health for everyone
provider interviews/allied and ancillary staff interviews, crucial phrases for success

Module 4: TKO (total knowledge and openness) for the T-Q-I (trans*-Queer-Intersex)
What is trans*, clinical controversy, the queer umbrella - who is under it