“Creating a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ individuals through outreach, education,
The name “Safe Zone” comes from the fact that a lot of the world still isn’t safe for LGBTQ+ individuals and they experience disproportionate amounts of discrimination and violence, especially if they’re part of another marginalized group such as those in poverty or people of color.
As such, the function of the Safe Zone Training is to teach key institutes about the issues that LGBTQ+ people face and how to better serve them as caregivers, teachers, or employers. This will help to reduce the considerable amount of institutional discrimination LGBTQ+ groups face when they attempt to get healthcare, learn, or work. It should be noted that this isn’t special treatment by any means, it only serves to equal the playing field by making sure all people are treated with dignity and respect!
What Is Safe Zone Training?
We are currently developing this training so that we can provide it as a community service to those aforementioned key institutes. However, one of the major challenges we are looking to address is figuring out the logistics of how to get this training to them, then developing working committees to keep evolving that training.
How Do I Get Safe Zone Training?
A lot of different organizations offer cultural competency training and/or safe zone training, but very few of them network with each other or have any credentials behind them. This means there is no quality control for many of these places and because of that we’ve found the training often suffers, especially when it comes to transgender education.
The idea behind our project is that we can provide a level of comprehensive and evolving education, plus a standard of quality and accountability that doesn't exist right now.
This training is already offered at my work, why should I get it here?
North Dakota Safe Zone Project
This project was created by Faye Seidler and funded through a community innovation grant with the purpose of addressing the needs of the LGTBQ+ demographic in North Dakota, by providing LGBTQ+ cultural competency or “Safe Zone Training” for key institutes that don’t otherwise have it or could use improvement.