Safe Space is a Georgia College campus-wide initiative that offers a visible message of inclusion, acceptance and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT’)* individuals. GC's goal is to have all LGBT’ identified members of the campus community feel comfortable so they can work and learn at their highest level without concern of safety or discrimination.
*(The apostrophe found at the end of LGBT’ signifies some of the many other identities that will also be acknowledged and respected, e.g. Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Asexual.)
“Identities are highly fluid and subjective, and no one owns their copyright.” –Robyn Ochs
Safe Space Mission Statement:
The Safe Space program advances one of Georgia College's guiding principles of “instilling respect for human diversity and individuality,” by affirming people of all sexual and gender identities and lessening the prejudice that limits the university experience and well-being of LGBT’ identified students, faculty, staff, facility members and administrators.
In a location bearing the Safe Space logo, individuals will find a compassionate person committed to cultivating an open, inclusive atmosphere of caring and support through active listening, informed feedback, referrals and advocacy at GC and in the community.
Safe Space Participants Are:
- Faculty, staff, students, facility members and administrators;
- LGBT’ and Ally GC community members who are informed about campus and community resources;
- From a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds;
- Respectful of confidentiality;
- Supportive of the right of all people to participate fully, equally and openly in the life of this community.
Training Schedule for 2013-2014:
December 13, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
January 10, 9 a.m. - Noon
February 14, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
March 14, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
April 11, 9 a.m. - Noon
May 2, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
June 13, 9 a.m. - Noon
July 11, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
For more information, contact LGBT’ Program Coordinator Grace Nichols at Grace.Nichols@gcsu.edu.
*This program and web page is modeled after the Safe Space program at Kennesaw State University.