The College of Education Celebrates Pride Month by Recognizing Faculty and Staff who are Safe Zone Certified
Safe Zone is a two-part workshop designed to promote inclusivity of the LGBTQIA+ community within Temple University. Safe Zone is a training program run by the Wellness Resource Center and Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership. Safe Zone LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Training’s mission is to create welcoming safe spaces within Temple’s community.
Assistant Dean of Academic Operations David DeVenney fully supports and promotes Safe Zone’s mission within the College of Education, “Our interest in running the Safe Zone workshop was based on the college's sincere hope to serve as a caring community of learning and practice and as a safe beacon for inclusion, respectful and open dialogue, and meaningful civic engagement.”
Educational workshops allow faculty and staff to better understand issues that face the LGBTQIA+ community as well as concerns related to sex, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity and expression. Upon completion of the Safe Zone workshop, faculty and staff are considered allies who are committed to providing a safe and affirming environment for all at Temple University, including those in the LGBTQIA+ community.
Sofia Bermudez, coordinator for career and student development and special events at the College of Education, gives credit to Safe Zone training because it has helped her create an open atmosphere for current students, “It's very important for me to become familiar with issues and challenges our students face. Safe Zone provided me with the training necessary to provide an atmosphere of acceptance and resources for members of the LGBTQIA+ Community."
Richard Graham, associate director for enrollment management and marketing at the college, is grateful for Safe Zone training, “I’m proud that the College of Education has adopted the Safe Zone initiative by certifying 20 faculty and staff to be allies of the LGBTQIA+ community. Implementation of the Safe Zone program has created a welcoming, inclusive, and safe space for both prospective and current students.”
The next Safe Zone training for the College of Education is scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
- Breanna Pegula