Safe Space Program: Ally Training

WSU's Safe Space Program is a campus-wide program hosted by the GLBTA Faculty Committee that offers a visible message of inclusion, acceptance and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people in the University community.

What is a Safe Space?

A safe space is a place on campus where GLBT students, faculty, and staff are respected and welcome.  A safe space provides an area to promote visibility, awareness, and acceptance of GLBT persons.

What is an Ally?

An ally is an individual who listens, supports and advocates on the behalf of others. An ally is someone who recognizes he/she is on the privileged side of a particular prejudice and/or oppression divide created by society. The ally then actively engages in a search and implementation of strategies to dismantle that divide.

Who are Trained Allies on the WSU campus?

Trained allies are people who have already gone through Safe Space training and have signed a contract stating they are sensitive to GLBT issues and are willing to provide a Safe Space.  They can be located in many buildings on campus, and they are often identified by the Safe Space Logo on their office or room door.