The Bakersfield College Safe Space program was created by the BCSGA as a way for members of our College to create a supportive environment for the LGBTQ community. “Safe Spaces” are places on our campuses where the college representatives have decided to publicly identify themselves as making an effort to understand and support the needs of the LGBTQ community.
BC Safe Space
The Safe Space Project at Bakersfield College promotes awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied (LGBTQA) individuals. The workshop provides education concerning LGBTAQ issues and seeks to improve the environment for sexual and gender minorities. The project's main goal is to build a support network of allies for BC LGBT Community.
Safe Space Goals
About Safe Space
Since homophobia and limited understanding negatively impacts LGBT individuals, efforts to make the LGBT population feel welcome in any environment are needed. BC identifies a growing network of students, faculty, staff, and community members who are willing and prepared to provide support and information to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals.
The Office of Student Life is able to offer the Safe Space workshop to every department, student group, or program on campus that we can. In order to do so, we need your help in two ways.
1.First, please spread the word that the Safe Space program has been revised and is new and improved. If you have not attended the new Safe Space, sign up today!
2.In order to create the most widespread Safe Space program that truly reaches all of the BC community; we need help facilitating the workshop. Please consider giving back to the community and assisting us in educating people about LGBT issues. If you are interested in being a facilitator for the Safe Space workshops, please contact Dr. Nicky Damania (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is an opportunity to build your skills and provide a necessary service at the same time!
We are currently working on this resource.
If you have a group of eight (8) or more indivdiauls interested in taking this workshops, please email Dr. Nicky P. Damania (email@example.com) to set up a workshop.
LGBTQ, what’s that?
LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning.
What if I am not LGBTQ, can I participate in this program?
Absolutely, you would be called an “ally.” An ally is anybody who actively tries to create a supportive environment for members of the LGBTQ community.
In some places, the term ally is actually reserved for “straight people” who support the LGBTQ community.
In the same way different countries that support each other are “allies,” straight people supporting people with different sexual identities act as allies. However, at Bakersfield College, we have decided to use ally in a slightly different sense. Here, an ally is anybody (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or straight) who makes an effort to understand and support the LGBTQ community.
Are people who don’t participate in this program “anti-LGBTQ”?
Of course not! Besides those who simply don’t know about the program or have yet to complete the training process, there are several reasons for not participating in the Safe Space program. One reason is that participating in the program involves placing a Safe Space placard at the entrance of a person’s workspace, and some people simply prefer not to place labels on their door.
Also, everybody who works in a shared workspace must first agree to identify their area as such before the sticker can be used.
However, rather than try to list reasons for not participating, we will just say that we are a diverse campus that has diverse reasons for participating or not participating in this program. In short, you don’t have to participate in this program to be an ally.
For more information, visit the Safe Space page on the SGA website.