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    Sexualities and Gender Diversity Network

    The Hamline University training and education programming addresses issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual community through education and advocacy. Recent educational sessions and speakers have focused on such diverse topics as Coming Out, Religion and Spirituality, Legal Issues in the GLBT community, Bisexuality and Transgender Issues.  

    Safe Zone Program Transition

    For the past 10 years, with the guidance and leadership of the founding coordinators Carlos Sneed and Javier Guiterrez, and many other current and previous staff, Hamline has had a Safe Zone Program that trained more than 500 community members and has more than 250 active members. This past spring we did a program review that many of you participated in; let me take this opportunity to thank you for your feedback. 

    We learned a number of things from the feedback and program review that I think were really helpful. First, that we needed to update the curriculum -- for instance, to shorten the training times to make them more accessible, engage people more in how to talk about these issues with others, and develop some skills tied to our respective roles on campus about how to interrupt behaviors. Second, that it is time to update the name, based on the message and the frame that we want to take to show that Hamline is welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQIA communities.

    In light of what we have learned, we will be building on the excellent history and work of the last 10 years of the Safe Zone program.  learn more about the transition.

    Training & Education Programming

    There will be a 4-part series that begins with an initial standalone training to introduce people to the basics of sexuality and gender, terminology, and resources here at Hamline. The last 3 interrelated trainings will be a sequential cohort model that builds from one workshop to the next. Starting with self-exploration, going deeper into terminology and identity, thinking about engaging others in your role on campus, understanding effective behaviors when advocating, developing tactics for bystander intervention, and developing how best to support and challenge others in conversations around sexualities and gender diversity.

    We have also introduced our new logo, with a clear statement that says “Proud to support full LGBTQIA INCLUSION at Hamline University!”