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Joe Ritchie, co-chair of ODU Safe Space, speaks to the crowd of his times in Orlando and in Pulse with his boyfriend. Safe Space strives to reduce homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in the Old Dominion University community.

Safe Space Training

The goals of our training sessions include:

  • Provide an overview of what it means to be an "ally" for any ODU faculty, staff or student.
  • Educate the community on issues/trends/concerns with LGBTQ students, faculty and staff.
  • Provide additional resources (websites, theories, contacts, etc.) that might be of use to an ally.

Types of trainings include:

  • Safe Space Ally Certification (for faculty/staff & graduate students)... open enrollment or departmental.
  • Student Ally Certification (for undergraduate students).
  • LGBTQ 101 (for classrooms).

Become a Trainer/Facilitator

Our policy:

  • This opportunity is available to faculty/staff and graduate assistants.
  • To qualify, you must register for and attend one Safe Space Certification session in its entirety as a participant and preferably a second session as an observer. You will then meet with one of the co-chairs to review your experiences and be trained on key facilitation skills.
  • Do you have previous experience with Safe Space (e.g. a previous workplace)? If so, you may qualify to become a trainer after one Safe Space Certification session. If interested, please email safespace@odu.edu. Include your name, title and department, and a description of your qualifying experience. For example, did you participate in Safe Space training or facilitate it?

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