Lock Haven to offer Safe Zone training

LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University Presidents’ Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and the Gender Sexuality Alliance will offer a Safe Zone Train-the-Trainer program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 19 in the Willis Health Professions building, room 173, at Lock Haven University. The program is open to Lock Haven University faculty, staff, graduate students, student leaders, area teachers, health and human service personnel and community activists.

The program will explore LGBTQ identities, gender and sexuality, prejudice, assumptions and privilege. Participants will learn how to create a safe and welcoming environment for students and others who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and their allies by helping to develop support in universities, schools, agencies, organizations and communities.

The presenter for the class will be Amy Polites Feese, an equity, diversity and inclusion consultant, STEM educator and clinical dietitian. Feese is a long-time advocate for LGBT students and specializes in workplace equity, diversity and inclusion issues. She is an adjunct instructor at colleges and universities and enjoys teaching classes in contemporary human sexuality issues as well as nutrition. Feese is a University of Notre Dame senior STEM teaching fellow and graduate of Marywood University. She identifies as a fierce ally and advocates that everyone be empowered to bring their authentic whole selves to the workplace, school, campus and community.

“We want allies to understand the impact homophobia and heterosexism have upon the LGBTQ community as well as their families and friends,” said Bre Reynolds, assistant director of admissions at Lock Haven University and chairperson of the President’s Commission. “We plan for allies to feel comfortable providing information, referrals and to serve as advocates in their own environments regardless of whether that is on campus, or in a school, agency or community.”

Attending the program indicates participants are willing to facilitate or assist with Safe Zone Ally Trainings at Lock Haven University or within their own agencies, organizations, local communities or institutions.

Registration is free and includes coffee, lunch and training materials and participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Space is limited to 25 registrants and early registration is required by Aug. 14.

To register, contact Dr. Rick Schulze at 570-484-8098 or email fschulze@lockhaven.edu.