WMU News

Advanced Safe on Campus training session planned

Feb. 2, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Safe on Campus, a group of allies for Western Michigan University's lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender students, has scheduled two diversity training sessions in February for the university community.

An orientation session for new Safe on Campus members has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 8, while the first-ever Transgender Ally Training will be offered Tuesday, Feb. 15. Both sessions will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, 1110 Trimpe Hall.

The Transgender Ally Training is an advanced seminar designed for current Safe On Campus members who are interested in learning more about the "T" in "LGBT." Topics include transsexual, transgenderist, intersex and genderqueer identities; the process of gender transition; the treatment of intersex conditions; and ways to support transgender students.

Members of WMU's Safe on Campus group agree to make their offices a safe haven from prejudice, intolerance and discrimination. They attend a two-hour orientation session in which they learn about what it means to be an ally, how to help students locate campus resources, ways they might assist in reporting incidents of harassment or discrimination, ways to support students who are "coming out," and how to use language respectfully.

For more information or to register for an orientation session, contact Bonnie Benson, coordinator of LBGT Student Services, at (269) 387-2123 or <lbgt-coordinator@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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