Safe Space

Safe Space Trainings:

What is Safe Space?

The purpose of Safe Space is to reduce homophobia and heterosexism, making our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

The goal of the training is to provide you with information about how to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ & Allied people regarding these issues,  with the idea that you will be interested in displaying a Safe Space sticker or decal in your office (this only identifies the individual’s area is a Safe Space, not their entire department). The sticker simply signifies you are open to questions from and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and the issues that concern this community.

Displaying a sticker or decal also signifies your agreement to actively be an Ally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, which includes supporting policies and behaviors that bring equity to otherwise inequitable situations and openly show support for LGBT issues.

University of Rochester’s Mission of Inclusion

The following is a segment of the University’s Statement of Inclusion. The full statement can be found on U of R’s Diversity website;

The University has a goal of ensuring an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of its members, especially historically underrepresented minorities and members of legally protected groups. Success will be measured by relative progress determined by quality and contributions to overall institutional goals and missions. That requires vigorous, systematic, consistent, and enduring actions in all University domains.

To request a safe space training, contact Amy Shema at