Irvine Valley College LGBTQIA+ Safe Space program aims to increase awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersexed, and asexual/agender communities on campus, to support the college’s efforts to promote an accepting, supportive, and diverse learning environment, and to create a welcoming and tolerant environment for all members of the campus community.
Safe Space Training: Please view the IVC Safe Space presentation until you are able to complete an in-person Safe Space training at IVC. Also available is this Safe Space training and this Safe Space guide. To understand the differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, sexual attraction and romantic attraction, see this easy diagram. To schedule an appointment for Safe Space training, contact Erin Pollard.
How to be an LGBTQIA+ Ally: Learn about issues that are important to the community. Be visible and support the community. Encourage family and friends to be allies. Take care of the people in your life who need support. Let people in the LGBTQIA+ community speak and let them know they are heard.
Faculty: To prevent bullying and foster a safe learning space in your classroom, considering joining the #Day1 campaign and read the declaration on the first day of class, post it on your course website, or attach it to your syllabi.