Safe Space Allies
Symbol: rainbow-colored “R” decal
Year Founded: 2006
Current Co-Directors: Janelle Cronk, Maggie Smith
Advisor: Denise Davis
Safe Space Allies works to encourage acceptance and appreciation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, androgynous and asexual (LGBTQIAA) members of the campus community.
A key component of Safe Space Allies is ally training and awareness campaigns, in which students, faculty, administrators and staff are trained to become Safe Space Allies. In these trainings, participants learn about sexual orientation and related issues, including the implications of coming out and how to combat discrimination and harassment on campus.
The group works to combat homophobia, heterosexism, transphobia, discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Members who complete the training receive an official ally bracelet and a rainbow-colored “R” decal. Allies are encouraged to post the decal on their residence hall door, in their offices or in other appropriate spaces to show their support for the LGBTQIAA community.