UMD ‘Safe Space’ Designed For Acceptance

A push is on at UMD to make the campus more inclusive for the LGBTQIA community.

The campus held special training for staff and faculty, or handling what are called “safe spaces” at the university. 

These spaces are recognized as being safe and friendly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students and staff members.  This also includes people of all backgrounds.

The primary goal of Wednesday’s training was to provide a better understanding about how to use these spaces to create a secure environment.

“Safe space is a basically a way to let LGBTQ students know they have a place to talk to someone,” said Erin Olson, with UMD’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

UMD is also home to gender-neutral housing, and students can study LGBTQ studies as a minor. 

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