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Education & Outreach

Safe Spaces

A partnership between the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and Salisbury University, this workshop is designed to help people reduce the often unwelcoming and even hostile environments in which Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Transgender, Intersex, and Asexual/Ally (LGBTQIA) people navigate in their daily lives. From the classroom bully to the unintentional exclusion by use of certain language, LGBTQIA people frequently find themselves excluded and uncomfortable in many situations. Using a hands-on approach, participants will examine their role and responsibility in creating a more welcoming environment at work, school, and civic or social organizations.

Workshop objectives include:

  • Participants will be able to identify sources of unwelcoming behaviors in a variety of settings.
  • Participants will learn to dispel negative stereotypes and develop a set of strategies to create more welcoming environments for LGBTQIA people.
  • Participants will become more familiar with and comfortable in using LGBTQIA-inclusive terminology.
  • Participants are provided the opportunity to commit to being an ally by displaying a Safe Spaces Sticker.

Training sessions are offered in 3 hour segments. Workshop booklets are provided for each participant. Fees are negotiable. If you are interested in attending a demo of the workshop, please contact Dr. Diane S. Illig or Tara Taylor.

Education/Outreach Materials

For more information on MCCR’s Community Outreach & Education program or to make a request, please contact:

Tara Taylor
Education & Outreach Director


Keith Merkey
Education & Outreach Associate