Friends and Allies of LGBTQ is committed to educate faculty, staff and students at Truckee Meadows Community College about the issues of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) communities.
Through education, advocacy and awareness of LGBTQ issues, the program assists in the promotion of a climate that is safe and welcoming for all members of the TMCC community. The program, committee members and supporters strive to:
- Provide Safe Zone training to promote a greater understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning communities;
- Increase awareness of discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and to educate the community on strategies to effectively confront and report these incidents;
- Identify issues and concerns and provide recommendations for policies, programs, and initiatives for resolution;
- Provide student access to allies (and Safe Zone training) for confidential support and resource information in designated locations on campus;
- Provide educational materials and opportunities to the college community.
- Ensure inclusion and equity in concert with TMCC's diversity strategic goal which "Fosters a mutually respectful academic community inclusive of men and women of all generations...and sexual orientations...."
- Join the Friends and Allies of LGBTQ listserv (FRIENDSALLIESLGBTQ-L) to receive educational and event information on this topic on a regular basis. Subscribe to FRIENDSALLIESLGBTQ-L.
- Become more involved in promoting Safe Zone spaces around the College, and/or become a Safe Zone trainer.
- Become a Friend and Ally.
Safe Zone Training
Because everyone's experience with diversity is different, Safe Zone training is provided to help individuals and departments become aware of and assist the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) population in having equal rights and respect within our campus community.
The training also assists individuals in helping LGBTQ people by creating a safe environment in offices, classrooms and across campus. The training is not intended to be the complete collection of every situation or experience that a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person may face but helps promote awareness for those with little experience, and encourages open thinking.
It is hoped that those attending the training leave with the following learning objectives met:
- Ability and willingness to confront social injustices of any kind and provide an environment for optimal learning.
- Having information and skills to be valuable resources in making people feel valued and safe.
- Understanding of how the way we interact with the LGBTQ community affects recruitment and retention and persistence of students and faculty.
- Willingness to take this information and share it with others.
Receive Safe Zone training as an Individual or Department
To receive Safe Zone training for you, an area/department, student club or another TMCC organization, please contact Melanie Purdy to coordinate a training date. TMCC's Friends and Allies of LGTBQ also collaborates with the Professional Development staff in establishing periodic training dates each semester.