Diversity Training on LGBTQ Issues
Diversity Training for Staff and Faculty
This year the SEDE office, in collaboration with Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), will offer a workshop suite on diversity issues in both the Fall and Winter semesters. The suite, aimed at staff, faculty and student leaders, consists of 3 workshops, and will include an expanded version of the McGill Equity Subcomittee on Queer People's Safe Space workshop, entitled, Safer Spaces: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Other workshops in the series include Diversity in Professional Practice, and Issues in Race and Culture.
For more information or to register for any of the workshops, please go here.
The SEDE office also offers made-to-measure workshops for your department, unit, or team. Call us at (514) 398-2176 or send us an tynan [dot] jarrett [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) if you would like to request a workshop.
What is the Safe Space Program?
The McGill Safe Space Program was started by the Queer Equity sub-committee in the winter of 2004. The Program aims to enhance the acceptance and integration of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in the McGill community. It delivers interactive workshops for faculty, staff, and student leaders. The core workshop, which addresses topics such as heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia on campus, pursues the following aims:
• To help participants become more sensitive to the needs of a diverse community involving people of many different sexual orientations and gender identities;
• To affirm the sexual and gender diversity of the community; and
• To raise awareness of how forms of prejudice such as heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia can adversely affect spaces of work and learning at the University, making some people feel unsafe in a way that compromises their ability to do their best work.
The Program seeks to create an identifiable network of “allies” on campus. Allies are participants in a workshop who agree to display a sticker or sign bearing the Safe Space logo in their office or other place of employment. The logo indicates to other members of the McGill community that they have received the training and are prepared to be an ally to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) students, faculty, and staff.
Safe Space programs already exist on many other university campuses in North America.
McGill staff, faculty and student leaders (both queer and "straight") will be encouraged to complete a 2 hour interactive workshop that provides education around LGBTIQ issues. Concepts such as homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism will be discussed.
After completion of the workshop, individuals may choose to display the McGill Safe Space sticker in their office to indicate their role as an ally. Allies will work towards making McGill University safer and more welcoming for all students by:
- supporting the inclusiveness of LGBTIQ people in all aspects of their lives
- challenging homophobic comments and jokes
- being familiar with issues and resources that exist for LGBTIQ people
- respecting confidentiality
Anyone, queer or straight, can be an Ally!. To see our list of Allies, click here.