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The Safe Zone Project Improving the Campus Climate for LGBT Students at CSU Long Beach. Ferdinand Arcinue, Ph.D. Pamela Ashe, Ph.D. Kirstyn Chun, Psy.D. Judy Prince, Psy.D. OCCDHE November 3, 2005 . Safe Zone History, Rationale, Goals, and Objectives.

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The Safe Zone ProjectImproving the Campus Climate for LGBT Students at CSU Long Beach

Ferdinand Arcinue, Ph.D.

Pamela Ashe, Ph.D.

Kirstyn Chun, Psy.D.

Judy Prince, Psy.D.

OCCDHE

November 3, 2005



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Systemic Intervention Model (Archer & Cooper)

  • Initiator-catalyst role of the counselor

  • Program Development Task Force

  • Programming to address diversity issues

  • Administrative support


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Why Safe Zone at CSULB?

  • Inadequate funding of LGBT Resource Center

  • Concerns of faculty members

  • Desire to identify CAPS staff who are active as allies

  • Safe Zone as the “Contemporary Above-Ground Railroad”


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Timeline of Safe Zone Development

  • Spring 2002 – commitment made to develop Safe Zone Program

  • Fall 2002 – researched literature and existing programs; defined goals; developed materials; created SZ advisory board


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Timeline (continued)

  • Spring 2003 – developed didactic/experiential training; developed decal; fundraising; conducted pilot training; made revisions; conducted training for selected student services professionals

  • Fall 2003 – continued fundraising; continued revisions to training


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Timeline (continued)

  • Spring 2004 – developed Safe Zone Ally Network; continued revisions to training

  • Fall 2004 – Training requires no further revisions (finally!)

  • Spring 2005 – update slides and materials; step up recruitment

  • Fall 2005 – develop advertising plan; present our work to colleagues at OCCDHE


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Key Decisions

  • Advisory Board composition

  • Length of training

  • Requirements for receiving a decal

  • Recruitment



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Safe Zone Training Program

  • Safe Zone Overview

  • Identity Pull Exercise

  • Coming Out

  • Privilege Exercise

  • LGBT Student Panel

  • Becoming an Ally

  • Closing and Pledge


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Safe Zone Training Program

  • Safe Zone Overview

  • Identity Pull Exercise

  • Coming Out

  • Privilege Exercise

  • LGBT Student Panel

  • Becoming an Ally

  • Closing and Pledge


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Training: Overview

  • Facilitate introductions

  • Purpose of training

  • Importance of Safe Zone

  • Safe Zone Ally Handbook and Resource Guide

  • Outline of training agenda


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Safe Zone Training Program

  • Safe Zone Overview

  • Identity Pull Exercise

  • Coming Out

  • Privilege Exercise

  • LGBT Student Panel

  • Becoming an Ally

  • Closing and Pledge


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Training: Identity Pull Exercise

  • Experiential activity - LGBT students of color

  • First seen demonstrated by Richard Rodriguez, Ph.D.

  • Purpose of exercise


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Safe Zone Training Program

  • Safe Zone Overview

  • Identity Pull Exercise

  • Coming Out

  • Privilege Exercise

  • LGBT Student Panel

  • Becoming an Ally

  • Closing and Pledge


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Training: Coming Out

  • Cass model of identity development (1979)

  • Knowledge of risks, needs, feelings

  • Coming out issues for students of diverse backgrounds


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Safe Zone Training Program

  • Safe Zone Overview

  • Identity Pull Exercise

  • Coming Out

  • Privilege Exercise

  • LGBT Student Panel

  • Becoming an Ally

  • Closing and Pledge


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Training: Privilege Exercise

  • Guided imagery exercise

  • Illustrates heterosexual privilege


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Safe Zone Training Program

  • Safe Zone Overview

  • Identity Pull Exercise

  • Coming Out

  • Privilege Exercise

  • LGBT Student Panel

  • Becoming an Ally

  • Closing and Pledge


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Training: LGBT Student Panel

  • In collaboration with the LGBT Resource Center

  • Student panel

  • Facilitated dialogue

  • Participants ask questions


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Safe Zone Training Program

  • Safe Zone Overview

  • Identity Pull Exercise

  • Coming Out

  • Privilege Exercise

  • LGBT Student Panel

  • Becoming an Ally

  • Closing and Pledge


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Training: Becoming an Ally

  • Video vignettes

  • Role plays


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Safe Zone Training Program

  • Safe Zone Overview

  • Identity Pull Exercise

  • Coming Out

  • Privilege Exercise

  • LGBT Student Panel

  • Becoming an Ally

  • Closing and Pledge


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Meaning of Safe Zone decal

Closing activity

Ally information sheet

Ally contract

Evaluation form

Training: Closing and Pledge


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Role of Safe Zone Ally

What is an Ally?


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A Safe Zone Ally is:

  • An “LGBT friendly” faculty or staff person

  • A provider of support, information and resources for LGBT students

  • One who does not accept homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions.


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Qualities of an LGBT Ally

  • Believes in equality for people of the LGBT community

  • Works to develop an understanding of the LGBT community

  • Willing to take a stand against prejudice and discrimination


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Qualities of an LGBT Ally (cont.)

  • Acknowledges and takes responsibility for own prejudices

  • Listens openly

  • Has a vision of an inclusive and just society, free from prejudice and discrimination


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What a Safe Zone Ally is NOT:

  • An advice giver

  • A counselor or therapist

  • One who takes responsibility for the lives/problems of others.

  • An expert on LGBT issues


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Four Levels of Becoming an Ally

  • Awareness

  • Knowledge

  • Skills

  • Action


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Deciding to Become an Ally

  • What to expect

  • Significance of the Safe Zone decal

  • Is being an Ally right for you?


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Safe Zone Ally Network

  • Ongoing training

  • Mutual support

  • Information…



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What’s Next for Safe Zone?

  • Safe Zone Ally Network

  • Training Student Leaders and Resident Assistants

  • Training Trainers




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For More Information…

Counseling and Psychological Services

California State University, Long Beach

Brotman Hall, Room 226

1250 Bellflower Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90840-0111

562.985.4001 / 562.985.8817 (fax)

peashe@csulb.edu farcinue@csulb.edu

Kchun@csulb.edu jprince2@csulb.edu


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The Safe Zone ProjectImproving the Campus Climate for LGBT Students at CSU Long Beach

Ferdinand Arcinue, Ph.D.

Pamela Ashe, Ph.D.

Kirstyn Chun, Psy.D.

Judy Prince, Psy.D.

OCCDHE

November 3, 2005