Safe Space Program
Student Support Services
The purpose of the Safe Space training program is to create a network of allies for persons of minority sexual orientation, and by doing so, making Millsaps College a safer and more supportive place. The main objectives of Safe Space are:
- To provide a supportive environment for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning) individuals
- To support parents, family members, and friends of LGBTQ individuals
- To foster a social climate in which others do not feel the need to express anti-gay attitudes in order to "fit in"
- To dispel negative stereotypes and present factually accurate information about LGBTQ individuals
- To publicize other support resources or structures that are available on or off campus
Who participates in the Safe Space Program?
Program participants may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, or heterosexual individuals of the Millsaps College community. Participants must be respectful of confidentiality and supportive of all people, including those who are LGBTQ, to participate fully, equally and openly in the life of this community, without fear or harassment of discrimination. Safe Space participants are informed about pertinent Millsaps' policies, and both on and off campus resources for LGBTQ individuals.
When you see a Safe Space sticker, this person will:
- Be informed with accurate and current information on LGBTQ issues.
- Help to create an atmosphere of safety and support, including how it affects LGBTQ students and staff.
- Respect confidentiality concerning questions about LGBTQ issues.
- Be aware of services available to LGBTQ youth and adults, including support groups, hotlines, and other community resources.
- Challenge hate speech, name-calling, harassment, and discrimination, and real or threatened violence as it pertains to LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, families or those perceived to be LGBTQ.