How can you get involved?
The Office of Diversity Services provides a range of trainings for faculty, students, and staff. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to host a specific training or collaborate on developing a new training. You can also complete the Request a Training form housed on this site. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks notice for all training requests.
If there is a training that you would like Diversity Services to provide that is not currently listed, please contact our office.
We host a number of "open trainings" throughout the year. These trainings are free and open to all members of the Suffolk community. Register for an open training today.
This introductory training asks participants to expand their notions of the categories that we typically think of as “diverse” and to begin to examine their deeply held ideas and beliefs about people who may be different from themselves. This training is fun, interactive, and ideal for classes and student groups.
Introduction to Social Justice
This training examines theories of social justice, power, privilege, oppression, access, and intersectionality. Participants will critically examine their identities, as well as their beliefs and assumptions about others.
We will look at the intersections of race, class, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and many other social identities. Participants will also look develop skills in allyship around identities to which they do not belong.
This modular training comes in two formats: the standard 2-hour training and the expanded 3-hour training.
Register for a Spring 2015 Open Safe Zone training today!
The Safe Zone Program is a series of trainings that focus on understanding the identities and experiences of LGBTQ college students and the development of ally practices for members of the campus community. These trainings are suitable for faculty, staff, and students and can be customized to suit the needs of a department, organization, division, or group. The core curriculum includes:
- Safe Zone I: An Introduction to LGBTQ Communities
- Safe Zone I focuses on increasing awareness and educating participants on key issues impacting the LGBTQ community, LGBTQ vocabulary, queerphobia, privilege, heterosexism, cissexism, and the basic elements of being an ally. Participants in the Safe Zone I training are given the opportunity to sign an ally pledge and receive a Safe Zone sticker.
- Safe Zone II: Ally Development and Advocacy
- Safe Zone II is a more advanced training that focuses on ally development and building the skills needed to be an active ally and advocate in your daily life. This includes interrupting queerphobia, recognizing power and privilege, and how to facilitate challenging conversations to create necessary change.
In addition to the two core Safe Zone trainings, we offer specialized trainings on a variety of topics in the LGBTQ community, including Safe Zone: Trans* 101, Safe Zone: Bi*, Pan, and Fluid Identities, and Safe Zone: Understanding Gender.
All Safe Zone trainings are 2 to 3 hours in length. We offer at least two Open Safe Zone I Trainings each semester and one Safe Zone II training. Numerous additional trainings are provided by request. To request a Safe Zone training for your group, please fill out the Request a Training form.
- Safe Zone I: An Introduction to LGBTQ Communities
Safe Zone: Core Topics
In addition to the core Safe Zone trainings (Safe Zone I and II), The Office of Diversity Services offers several specialized trainings that address the diversity of experiences in LGBTQ+ communities. These trainings are designed to deepen the knowledge, continue the conversation, and support the Suffolk ally community in their ongoing growth and development.
Safe Zone: Queer People of Color focuses on the intersection of gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, and race in the lives of Queer People of Color. Participants will expand their understanding of the unique challenges this community faces and will develop skills in how to be an ally across difference.
Safe Zone: Trans 101 focuses on the transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming community. Learn about the issues that trans students, faculty, and staff face on the college campus and how you can be a part of creating a more inclusive community for all of us! It is recommended, but not required, that participants complete Safe Zone I before registering for this training.
Please note: this training is designed for individuals who have completed Safe Zone I, but all are welcome.
The LGBTQ 101 Training is a 50- to 85-minute introductory training that focuses on the basics of LGBTQ vocabulary and identities.
Disability as Diversity
This training gives participants the opportunity to examine their ideas, myths, and assumptions about people with disabilities and educates them about this diverse community. This training was developed in partnership with The Office of Disability Services.
Yes Means YesJoin the Diversity Peer Educators for a fun, sex positive dialogue on desire, sexuality and empowered, enthusiastic consent. When "no means no" isn't enough to create a culture of consent on campus, how can "yes means yes" help create change? Learn skills for talking with your sexual partner(s) about sex so you can get what you really want or be empowered to define your boundaries. Explore how dynamics of power and privilege impact interpersonal relationships.