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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
Systemic Intervention Model
(Archer & Cooper)

 Initiator-catalyst
                  role of the counselor
 Program Development Task Force
 Programming to address diversity
  issues
 Administrative support
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”
Timeline of Safe Zone
Development
 Spring 2002 – commitment made to develop
  Safe Zone Program

 Fall2002 – researched literature and existing
  programs; defined goals; developed
  materials; created SZ advisory board
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
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
Key Decisions

 Advisory Board composition
 Length of training
 Requirements for receiving a decal
 Recruitment
Overview of Safe Zone Ally
Training and Program
Safe Zone Training Program

 Safe  Zone Overview
 Identity Pull Exercise
 Coming Out
 Privilege Exercise
 LGBT Student Panel
 Becoming an Ally
 Closing and Pledge
Safe Zone Training Program

 Safe  Zone Overview
 Identity Pull Exercise
 Coming Out
 Privilege Exercise
 LGBT Student Panel
 Becoming an Ally
 Closing and Pledge
Training: Overview

 Facilitateintroductions
 Purpose of training
 Importance of Safe Zone
 Safe Zone Ally Handbook and Resource
  Guide
 Outline of training agenda
Safe Zone Training Program

 Safe  Zone Overview
 Identity Pull Exercise
 Coming Out
 Privilege Exercise
 LGBT Student Panel
 Becoming an Ally
 Closing and Pledge
Training: Identity Pull Exercise

 Experiential   activity - LGBT students of
  color
 First seen demonstrated by Richard
  Rodriguez, Ph.D.
 Purpose of exercise
Safe Zone Training Program

 Safe  Zone Overview
 Identity Pull Exercise
 Coming Out
 Privilege Exercise
 LGBT Student Panel
 Becoming an Ally
 Closing and Pledge
Training: Coming Out

 Cass  model of identity development
  (1979)
 Knowledge of risks, needs, feelings
 Coming out issues for students of
  diverse backgrounds
Safe Zone Training Program

 Safe  Zone Overview
 Identity Pull Exercise
 Coming Out
 Privilege Exercise
 LGBT Student Panel
 Becoming an Ally
 Closing and Pledge
Training: Privilege Exercise

 Guided   imagery exercise
 Illustrates heterosexual privilege
Safe Zone Training Program

 Safe  Zone Overview
 Identity Pull Exercise
 Coming Out
 Privilege Exercise
 LGBT Student Panel
 Becoming an Ally
 Closing and Pledge
Training: LGBT Student Panel

 Incollaboration with the LGBT
  Resource Center
 Student panel
 Facilitated dialogue
 Participants ask questions
Safe Zone Training Program

 Safe  Zone Overview
 Identity Pull Exercise
 Coming Out
 Privilege Exercise
 LGBT Student Panel
 Becoming an Ally
 Closing and Pledge
Training: Becoming an Ally

 Video vignettes
 Role plays
Safe Zone Training Program

 Safe  Zone Overview
 Identity Pull Exercise
 Coming Out
 Privilege Exercise
 LGBT Student Panel
 Becoming an Ally
 Closing and Pledge
Training: Closing and Pledge

 Meaning   of Safe Zone decal
 Closing activity
 Ally information sheet
 Ally contract
 Evaluation form
Role of Safe Zone Ally


What   is an Ally?
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.
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
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
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
Four Levels of Becoming an Ally

 Awareness
 Knowledge
 Skills
 Action
Deciding to Become an Ally

 What  to expect
 Significance of the Safe Zone decal
 Is being an Ally right for you?
Safe Zone Ally Network

 Ongoing  training
 Mutual support
 Information…
Marketing of Safe Zone
What’s Next for Safe Zone?

 Safe Zone Ally Network
 Training Student Leaders and Resident
  Assistants
 Training Trainers
Campus Politics and Internal
Resistance
Questions and Answers
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
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

				
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