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Safe Zone Training

On April 11th, CDA hosted its first Safe Zone Training from 1-5 p.m. in the UAMS College of Public Health Room 3202.

What is a Safe Zone?  
A Safe Zone is a place where all people feel welcome and safe. The Safe Zone Program at UAMS exists to support LGBT students and employees to improve the overall campus environment and to help educate individuals on issues related to LGBT students and employees.

Why does UAMS need Safe Zones? 
All students and employees deserve to work and learn in an environment that is supportive and friendly, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia hurt us all. They discourage diversity, encourage hurtful behaviors, and put limits on our relationships and roles with the UAMS community. Being a part of the Safe Zone Program will give you an opportunity to learn about yourself and others and will help you make UAMS a better place for everybody – LGBT or straight. Safe Zones will serve as a source of support and information, free of judgment and hostility.

About our workshop: 
Ideally our Safe Zone Training was a 3-4 hour training that was presented in one session. This program was a dynamic, interactive session that included activities and discussion around: inclusive language, understanding the distinction between sexual and gender identities, investigating heterosexual privilege, the power of the straight ally, how to respond to homophobic/transphobic incidents, where to go for help, and much more.

For more information, contact Katy Allison by emailing kallison@uams.edu.