As part of FSCJ Ally Programs, Student Life & Leadership will provide Safe Space Training to support students, faculty, and staff in becoming resources and allies for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other sexual identities.  Ally members provide a safe and confidential space where students can discuss LGBTQ+ issues and concerns. Ally members also advocate for removing all forms of bias, prejudice, hetero-sexism, homophobia and discrimination against LGBTQ+ students at FSCJ.

What is Expected from an Ally?

Allies serve as informal resource persons who can provide support to persons who are LGBTQ+ by respecting them, designate themselves as persons who are receptive and positive to discussing issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identification, Allies have a responsibility to:

  • Educate themselves with accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identification.
  • Increase their awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ persons.
  • Create a “Safe Space” where anyone can feel comfortable discussing issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identification without fear of judgment. This environment is committed to openness and mutual respect regardless of sexual orientation, gender identification, political perspective, or religious belief.
  • Respond to and/or report instances of discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identification.

Safe Space Training Completers

Students that complete the Safe Space Training will receive rainbow flag pin to visually identify yourself as a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. By displaying your flag pin, you are sending a message that you can provide a non-judgmental environment and an empathetic ear around the issues of culture and diversity.

For more information on taking Safe Space Training, please contact your campus Student Life and Leadership office at getinvolved@fscj.edu.