WMU News

Safe on Campus orientation sessions set

November 3, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Fall orientation sessions have been set for prospective members of Safe on Campus, a group of primarily heterosexual allies for the Western Michigan University's lesbian, gay and bisexual students.

Group members agree to make their offices a safe haven from prejudice, intolerance and discrimination so that students can be open about their sexual orientation without fear of negative reaction or reprisal. They also are trained to help students locate campus resources and can assist in reporting incidents of harassment or discrimination.

Members of Safe on Campus, which was founded last year, are identified by a pink triangle/Safe on Campus sign on their office or living space doors. So far about 140 faculty and staff members and a few students have joined the group.

To become a member, persons must complete one two-and-a-half-hour orientation session. Four such sessions have been scheduled for this fall: 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in Ackley/Shilling Hall; noon Tuesday, Nov. 10, in 157 Bernhard Center; 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in 215 Bernhard Center; and noon Thursday, Nov. 19, in 159 Bernhard Center.

For more information or to register for an orientation session, contact Kerry Poynter, WMU's adviser for lesbian, bisexual and gay issues, at 387-2123 or <poynterk@groupwise.wmich.edu>

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 616 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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