Student peer educators conclude with an engaging Gay 101 activity and interactive panel. Keep in mind, this test is to evaluate your knowledge and competencies regarding issues pertaining to and affecting LGBTQIA individuals. In its duration, the program has trained hundreds of students, staff, and faculty to be better allies to the LGBTQIA community at UIS.
Failure to prove sufficient expertise would mean that you will have to attend a Fundamentals session to continue with the Safe Zone program. If you are interested in joining the coordinating committee, facilitation team, would like to request a training, or have questions, please contact the Gender and Sexuality Student Services at [email protected] 217-206-8316.
These results mirror the National College Climate Survey (Rankin, Weber, Blumenfeld, & Frazer, 2010) which reported that “all LGBT students rated their campus environment less positively than did ‘straight’ students” (p.2), and LGBT “individuals (are) the least accepted group when compared to other under-served populations and, consequently, more likely to indicate deleterious experiences and less than welcoming campus climates” (p.9). A needs assessment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students at the University of Illinois Springfield: A multiphase qualitative study.
Other studies nationwide, have found that LGBTQ students encounter a less than welcoming environment at the collegiate level (Noack, 2004; Rankin, 2003). Diversity training in graduate school: An exploratory evaluation of the Safe Zone Project, Professional Psychology, Research and Practice, 34, 555-561.
The curricula for each session are available upon request (write [email protected]).The public identification of Safe Zone members can help alleviate the real or perceived climate concerns for the LGBTQIA population. The impact of an LGBT Safe Zone Project on campus climate. The Safe Zone program can also help students in the earlier stages of coming out, as well as students in the general university population, to understand their multiple identities (race, sexual orientation, etc.) in order to better process through the life issues they will encounter throughout their college experience (relationships, family, religion, etc.). Journal of College Student Development, 43, 522-539. 100% Free Online Dating for Southern Illinois Singles at Mingle2Our free personal ads are full of single women and men in Southern Illinois looking for serious relationships, a little online flirtation, or new friends to go out with.