In Spring of 2019, Safe Space became S.T.A.R. Ally Training. The name S.T.A.R. (Support, Teach, Affirm, Respect) encompasses the most important characteristics of those who are allies to the LGBTQ+ community, and the image of a star serves a powerful metaphor that is revealed to participants once they participate in the training.
The S.T.A.R. Ally 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 LGBTQ+ identified students, faculty, staff, facility members and administrators. The overarching goals of S.T.A.R. Ally training are to increase participants’ awareness and knowledge of LGBTQ+ people’s identities and experiences, as well as provide the skills to be an ally for the LGBTQ+ community at Georgia College and beyond.
In locations bearing the official S.T.A.R. Ally sticker/image, individuals will find a compassionate person committed to cultivating an open, inclusive atmosphere of caring and support.
S.T.A.R. Ally Participants are:
- Faculty, staff, students, facility members and administrators;
- LGBTQ+ and Ally GC community members who are informed about campus and community resources;
- From a variety of religious and spiritual backgrounds;
- Respectful of privacy;
- Supportive of the right of all people to participate fully, equally, and openly in the life of this community.
Training Dates & Registration:
LGBTQ+ Programs is currently scheduling our training dates for the Fall of 2023.
Note: S.T.A.R. Ally training cannot be made a mandatory training for any individual or group. If you are interested in having your organization or group trained, please contact the LGBTQ+ Programs Coordinator to discuss your needs.
If you have questions, please contact Melissa Gerrior