What is a Safe Space Ally?
A Safe Space ally is a trained faculty or staff person who has signed a pledge to provide a positive, supportive, trustworthy and respectful place for SAC & SCC gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. A Safe Space Ally is a person one can go to for resources and affirmation. Furthermore, a Safe Space Ally provides a safe place for LGBTQ students to talk about their lives and, possibly, their sexual orientation.
A “Safe Space” is a place where homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions are not accepted and where LGBTQ issues are addressed in an educational and informative manner. Therefore, a Safe Space Ally serves to dispel myths and misinformation about LGBTQ individuals and provides accurate information in a respectful way.
How do I become a Safe Space Ally?
At SAC and SCC, the Safe Space Development Group’s goal is to provide faculty, staff, and, eventually, student leaders with the necessary knowledge and tools to serve as allies to the LGBTQ community on campus. The half-day training sessions, conducted by trained Safe Space faculty and staff from SAC and SCC, combine both informative sessions and experiential activities. At the training session, participants receive a Safe Space Ally Handbook that outlines important educational resources, such as an explanation of the process of coming out and what it means to be an ally. Participants also receive a “Resource Guide,” containing valuable online and text resources in addition to referral information for the campus and the community.
At the conclusion of the training, those who decide to become allies receive a Safe Space decal to place in their window, on their door, or in their office.
Our goal is to provide students, faculty, and staff a safe and welcoming college environment. With our growing network of Safe Space Allies, we hope to do just that. Whenever you see a Safe Space decal, feel free to visit one of our Safe Space Allies, for they are happy to assist in any way they can.
Our Pledge to Safe Space Allies
Dear Safe Space Ally:
Thank you for your participation in the Santa Ana College (SAC) & Santiago Canyon College (SCC) Safe Space Ally training! We are very pleased that you have chosen to support our efforts in making each college a more welcoming campus for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, and staff.
As a visible ally on campus, you have the opportunity to be an agent of change and to improve your campus climate by openly supporting members of our LGBT community. We encourage you to network and support your fellow Safe Space Ally colleagues around your campus.
We want you to know that we, along with other allies on campus, are available to support your efforts. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your role as an ally, please do not hesitate to contact us.
SCC faculty and staff can contact Corinna Evett at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAC faculty and staff can contact Phi Loan Le at email@example.com or Susana Salgado at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you again for the time and energy you have committed to the SAC & SCC Safe Space program!
The Safe Space Development Group
Santiago Canyon College & Santa Ana College