Help make the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh a safer and more welcoming place for LGBTQ+ community by participating in S.A.F.E. Training (Students, Staff and Faculty for Equality). Members take part in a three hour interactive workshop designed to introduce you to LGBTQ+ Culture and some of the challenges that many LGBTQ+ people encounter in their lives.
Our training prepares you to become an ally. Trained members will receive our coveted S.A.F.E. triangle to display as a sign of support. This triangle is noticed by LGBTQ+ students faculty and staff and allies all across campus as a symbol of support and commitment to our LGBTQ+ Community.
Our S.A.F.E. program is co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Education & Advocacy Council, Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, and the LGBTQ Resource Center. This program is in place at UW Oshkosh to identify individuals who are willing to be a source of support for people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities in our campus community.
Our main focus is to provide support for students; however, we hope that this initiative would support LGBTQ+ and questioning faculty and staff as well.
Currently, over 1300 students, faculty and staff members at UW Oshkosh are identified as allies with a S.A.F.E. triangle on their resident hall doors, office doors or in their workplaces. The training teaches a basic understanding of LGBTQ+ lives and how to be an effective ally both in and out of the classroom.
If you become a volunteer, this symbol could identify you as a LGBTQ+ ally and may encourage students, staff and faculty to confide in you. It will also identify you as someone who makes your workplace or resident hall more LGBTQ+ friendly. We do not expect S.A.F.E. members to provide counseling but instead to provide an open and affirming environment.
- Be Sensitive to various identities of our students, faculty and staff.
- Understand the challenges of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning in a predominately heterosexual society.
- Confront homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in all its guises through educational means.
- Provide support to LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty.
- Promote and acknowledge safe places for LGBTQ+ individuals.
- Increase awareness of self-defined LGBTQ+ allies.
Schedule for Fall 2015:
- Sunday, October 4, 2015, 6:00-9:00 PM in Reeve 215 (open session for students)
- Monday, October 5, 2015, 11:30-2:30 PM in Reeve 215 (open session for faculty & staff)
- Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 3:00-6:00 PM in Reeve 215 (open session for faculty & staff)
- Sunday, October 11, 2015, 6:00-9:00 PM in Reeve 215 (open session for students)
Request S.A.F.E. Training
We are happy to provide S.A.F.E. trainings for any campus department, resident hall floor, organization, or academic class, throughout the academic year and summer. Please follow the link below to provide all the necessary information to set up your training.