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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.

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The Safe Space Committee strives to reduce homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism in the Old Dominion University community. We are dedicated to a vision of a community that is open, safe, and accepting to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning people and allies. We help cultivate this climate through awareness, education, and advocacy.

One Committee, Many Ways to Get Involved!

Are you passionate about providing a safe space for all LGBTQ members of the ODU community? There are many ways to join our efforts.

Faculty/Staff:

Are you passionate about providing a safe space for all LGBTQ members of the ODU community? There are many ways to join our efforts.

Faculty/Staff:

  • Becoming a Safe Space Committee member
  • Participating in Safe Space Ally certification (and encouraging colleagues to do so)
  • Attending or spreading the word about our special events
  • Subscribing to our listserv, or following us on Facebook orTwitter
  • Self-identifying as an ally or LGBTQ on our website
  • Requesting an LGBTQ 101 presentation for your class
  • Joining the LGBTQ faculty/staff caucus
  • Co-hosting an LGBTQ-related event on campus
  • Supporting Gay Cultural Studies and ODU SAGA
  • Getting involved with community organizations such as the LGBT Life Center and Hampton Roads Pride

Students:

  • Educating yourself about LGBTQ concerns and current events
  • Participating in our Certified Student Ally Training
  • Attending or spreading the word about our special events
  • Following us on Facebook or Twitter
  • Joining ODU SAGA
  • Staying involved after graduation by joining the new LGBTQ alumni group (also for straight allies)
  • Signing up to live on the Spectrum Floor
  • Getting involved with community organizations such as the LGBT Life Center and Hampton Roads Pride

Safe Space is here for the Monarch Community!


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