Safe Space Program
Safe Space training is an intensive, interactive training that provides attendees with information and tools to combat homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, cissexism, and heterosexism, on campus and beyond. Only individuals who have gone through the Safe Space Program and have agreed to the expectations of its membership are able to display the sticker/button of our program.
Why Safe Space?
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and other non-heterosexual persons cannot be readily identified unlike more visible under-represented groups. Similarly, there is no easy method of finding persons supportive of LGBTQ+ people. As one component of the LGBTQ Center at Montclair State, the Safe Space Program strives to provide a way for supportive persons within the University community to prominently identify themselves and provide a visible network of support for the LGBTQ+ Community.
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 LGBTQ communities. Participants of the program with their own office are able to receive a decal for their doors which include a space for the ally’s name and gender pronouns. All participants in the program receive a button to display their participation in the program.
The primary goal of the Safe Space Program is to create a network of support for the LGBTQ community at Montclair State through:
- Personal and Professional Development
While this program does focus on the lives experiences of LGBTQ people, education on LGBTQ issues, and challenges affecting college-aged LGBTQ people on our campus and nationally, this program is more centered on the attendees and their experiences with LGBTQ people and issues. Through interactive activites and discussion, participants will personally reflect on thier own experiences to enhance their personal and professional development, provide further education, and finally, identify ways to create change on campus and beyond.
- Understand and identify your own privileges
- Differentiate between sex, gender identity, gender expression & sexual orientation
- Describe ways to create more inclusive environments on campus for LGBTQ people
- Utilize inclusive and affirming language regarding sexual and gender identities
- Be knowledgeable about referral services and resources
- Dispel stereotypes
- Create Change on campus and beyond
Quotes from Participants of the Program
- “I got to meet new people and learn from their experiences.”
- “This learning really changed my life and I am so excited to say that I am so excited to say that I now know how to be an ACTIVE ally!”
- “I was surprised at how interactive the training was! The time really flew by and so much information was covered!”
- “Every student should go through this training—it’s life changing.”
There are a limited number of spaces available per session and pre-registration is required. We have both open and private sessions. Any member of the community can register for an open session. Private sessions are available for departments, organizations, etc. and will require password access. To request a private, departmental/organizational session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
All sessions are 4 - 4.5 hours and are first-come, first-served.
Pre-registration is required. Registrants are expected to attend the full session.
Register for a session!
2016 Spring Training Dates:
- Saturday, February 13, 1pm - 5:30pm (Greek Life only session)
- Monday, March 14, 9am - 1pm
- Friday, April 1, 9am - 1pm
- Friday, April 15, 9am - 1pm
2016 Winter Training Dates:
- Thursday, January 14, 1pm - 5:30pm, (Residence Life only session)
- Friday, January 15, 9am - 1:30pm (Faculty & Staff session)
2015 Fall Training Dates:
- Saturday, August 29, 1 - 5:30pm
- Friday, September 4, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
- Thursday, September 17, 9am -1pm
- Saturday, September 19, 1pm - 5:30pm
- Friday, October 30, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
- Sunday, November 8, 1 - 5:30pm
- Saturday, November 14, 1pm - 5:30pm
- Wednesday, November 18, 9am - 1pm
2015 Summer Training Dates:
- Monday, July 6, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
- Wednesday, August 5, 12:30pm - 5pm